Eleni Kyriacou studied architecture at Barlett and fashion at Central Saint Martin and there she won the award for the best design. In 2014 she was characterised by Marie Claire magazine as the most important Greek designer from Cyprus . Through her creations she aims to pull emotion in combination with geometry and her innovative ideas.
- Eleni, how did you decide to get involved with clothes design?
I wanted to be a fashion designer from a very young age. I did my first internship when I was 15.
- What is fashion design for you?
For me, personally, it is an art form. I see myself as an artist and ‘fashion’ is the medium through which I express myself.
- What is your favorite material and color?
What I love is exploring different materials. I don’t have a favourite colour, but I have a soft spot for red.
- Could you describe the place where you create?
My studio is in Athens. I love being based in Athens and designing here. The city has a fantastic energy I have always been drawn to. My spirits are lifted in Athens and I believe I create well here.
- Who or what influences and inspires you?
My sources of inspiration change constantly.
- What is the Greek element in your art?
Being a Greek designer, I believe elements of my heritage automatically come through in my work, even if it is unintentional. Three of my collections have been directly inspired by archaeological and Classical Greek themes.
- Which is the piece that stands out from your creations
I equally believe in all my designs. Of course each collection has some ‘star’ pieces which are clear in each collection.
- Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?
I love Hussein Chalayan because I think he is an intellectual designer, and I adore his work.
- What is beauty to you?
Beauty for me is intellectual. If it doesn’t switch my brain on then I can’t say I find it truly beautiful. Naum Gabo’s work is one example! And his work inspired one of the collections.
- What makes you feel proud of your work?
When women wear it and love it. When I feel I have done creative justice to myself.
Editing: Eleftheria Vonaparti – Translated by: Gretel Athanasiou