Throughout the development of my graduate collection, I tapped into my interest in creative pattern cutting, sustainable practices and artisanal textiles. As I am passionate to expand the boundaries of contemporary menswear, I am interested in challenging the idea of a masculine silhouette, influenced by masculinity in Greek culture.
I am interested in the memories that clothes hold, and question what the cultural role of dress has been historically, speculating on how it will continue to evolve. At the same time, I am enthusiastic about exploring the technical side of design, keen on discovering the potential of even the most mundane staples of clothing. While completing my studies, I took great interest in sustainable practices, as I consider those integral to design. In my quest to keep my work conceptual and conscious, I am a purist for the masterfully imperfect and strive to achieve a contemporary quality.
Debris. The things we use and 'worship', the things we leave behind. Traces of long gone civilisations are interpreted as sacred and precious, to be religiously protected. Ancient Greek fractured temples and ceramics are seen as invaluable heritage, while modern day Christian Orthodox monks preserve their old clothing and religious symbols in plastic, guarding it from obsolescence itself.
My search for inspiration started by looking at Greek menswear through the years, until I stumbled upon the monks of mount Athos, their dress and their self-sufficient lifestyle, through the photography of Stratos Kalafatis. What will be left behind after we are gone? How will our everyday objects, our debris; clothing and waste tell the tale of our existence? How will our clothes be worn? Our discarded belongings will become a 'temple of debris' for centuries to come, our very own regime of worship.
My hand-woven textiles are a major part of my collection's detailing, and add to its contemporary quality. Inspired by the self-sufficient lifestyle of Greek Orthodox monks and their patchwork-covered clothing, I created my own version of up-cycled textiles, using various second-hand denims and plastic from plastic bags. Cutting the carrier bags into thin strips, I created a heavy-duty yarn, passed through a darning needle to mend the holes and strengthen the surrounding surface on distressed denim, generating an effect similar to Japanese 'boro'. While producing a visually striking decoration, this technique suggests alternative, eco-conscious uses for aged jeans and weathered carrier bags, materials that are and will be ubiquitous for years to come.