Spyridon Tsagarakis gives motion to the lines of classic ancient sculpture and makes history as the first-ever artist trusted with permission and full access to showcase his designs on the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece.
Greece - Athens, 2019 - The avant-garde creations, of World-Acclaimed Designer Spyridon Tsagarakis, revive the classical notion of perfection and balance, in a powerful visual presentation that explores the fluidity between fashion and art. An established pioneer of a complex and sculptural technique, Spyridon’s creations reference back to Ancient Greek Art and are considered to be a national heritage treasure.
Based in London, Tsagarakis is a Fashion Designer and Artist who has been on a journey of continuous experimentation with form, that has been an object of admiration and celebration across the globe in publications such as Vogue and the New York Times. From an early age, the smell of oil paint in his grandfather’s studio and the perfection of the female figure cultivated the designer’s desire to shape his artistic identity in the multi-disciplinary field of Fashion. The impact of his technique has, as a result, collaboration requests with the industry’s most promising voices such as Alexander McQueen among others. His signature technique made Spyridon a Visionaire with uncompromised vision who tends to set his own schedule when it comes to showing his work.
Although the complexity of his designs is extraordinary, Tsagarakis is showing the body naked and draped, showcasing the similarities between ancient greek statues and modern greek muses. Fascinated by the pure orders of the Acropolis and the aesthetic idiom of modern Greek reality, the designer made history as the only artist with full access at the Temple of Hephaestus and the Ancient Agora of Athens, in Greece. Both the Ancient Greek sculptures and Spyridon’s designs dance together in perfect harmony in a cultural presentation that celebrates this meticulous artistry. Spyridon’s technique intertwines with the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus in a unique way, thus his project is considered to be one of the most influentials in the history of Greek fashion and the first-ever fashion as performance art project envisioned by a greek designer/ artist.
His cutting-edge designs blend ideally with the greek antiquities, creating an atmosphere that brings back to life Greece’s glorious golden age in the 5th Century BC. The selection of the fabric, which is mainly pure silk and metallic silk 18k, is used to replicate the effects of marble and make the pieces seem carved from the inside rather than chiselled from the outside. This attention to folding is mirrored in Spyridon’s technique, as the richness of the folds and the depth of the creases channels the signature elements that make an ancient greek sculpture symmetrical and timeless. In his own words, Tsagarakis highlights that “ his vision was to obtain lifeless raw materials and transform them into art that can be worn”. Spyridon’s technique, according to Archaeologists, needs to be preserved and protected. His vision gave birth to a world-first collaboration of tremendous historic importance not only for Greece but Globally.
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