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  • This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens-image
  • This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens-image
  • This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens-image
  • This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens-image
  • This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens-image

This stunning exhibition can now be seen in Athens

The exhibition will be on show at the Ellinikos Kosmos Cultural Centre, Pireos 254, Athens 17778 until 13 September 2014.

Marios Schwab on the inspiration of Patterns of Magnificence

Exhibition Opening Times in Athens

The exhibition will be on till 13th September 2014 at the Ellinikos Kosmos Cultural Centre.

It will be open daily till 31 May 2014. Thereafter it will be closed on Mondays and Saturdays and open on other days between 10 am and 3 pm.

Admission is 5 euros for adults and 2.50 euros for children.

In London the Catalogue continues to be available from the Hellenic Centre.

On this site the ABOUT page includes a video of a guided tour by the curator. It also has links to reviews of the London exhibition.

The EVENTS page includes videos of evening lectures and gallery talks.

The GALLERIES contain images of the exhibits.

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Catalogue

The Collections

We have different collections including dresses & costume, jewellery and various prints and textiles.

Evening Talks at the Hellenic Centre.

Wednesday 5 February 2014: Evita Arapoglou, From Loom and Needle to Canvas and Paintbrush: Greek Costume in 19th and 20th Century Painting

Friday 7 February 2014: Philip Mansel, Dressed to Kill or Dressed to Rule? - WATCH VIDEO

Wednesday 12 February 2014: Roderick Beaton, What Lord Byron Saw in Greece (1809-1811) - WATCH VIDEO

Tuesday 18 February 2014: Sophia Pantouvaki, Traces and Influences of Greek Local Dress in Contemporary Fashion and Costume Design - WATCH VIDEO

Tuesday 25 February 2014: Panel discussion with Ian Jenkins, Ioanna Papantoniou, Shelagh Weir and Athena Leoussi, Athena’s Craft: Greek Textiles and their Meaning

Friday 28 February 2014: Ann French, “Old Embroideries of the Greek Islands and Turkey” A Celebration and Commemoration - WATCH VIDEO

Gallery Talk at the British Museum

Wednesday 12 February 2014, 1.15pm-2pm: Ian Jenkins and Natasha Lemos,Ancient and Modern: Greek Textiles and their Meaning - WATCH VIDEO

Ioanna Papantoniou introduces Patterns of Magnificence

About Patterns of Magnificence

From the multiform traditions of Greek women’s dress, which are among the richest and most splendid in the world, this exhibition brought together over forty superb originals from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Many of these were on display in London for the first time. They included the richly embroidered costume from Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, the astonishing assembly of fabrics, colours and jewellery from Stefanoviki in Thessaly, the sumptuously brocaded dress from Janina in Epirus as well as the wonderful and rarely exhibited costumes from Kymi in Euboea and from the tiny island of Psara shown above.

The exhibition also illustrated the interplay of native tradition and western aesthetic by displaying the court dress of the first queen of the independent Greek state, Amalia of Oldenburg and that of her successor at the end of the nineteenth century, Olga, the Russian-born consort of George I. These costumes represent a synthesis that is emblematic of nineteenth century nation building. Along with these costumes the exhibition displayed for the first time in public two original dolls from a series commissioned by Queen Olga to form a miniature gallery of local costumes.

All but two of the costumes came from the superb collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplio. The other two were lent by the Benaki Museum of Athens and the dolls by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, Athens. The curator of the exhibition is the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation’s founder and renowned expert, Ioanna Papantoniou. The designer is Stamatis Zannos.

In response to the exhibition the British Museum showed textiles from its permanent collection. These were exhibited in the Parthenon Galleries where in the frieze Athena’s invention of weaving is famously celebrated. A Gallery Talk was given in the Parthenon Galleries on 12 February of which you can watch a selection of video clips.

A fully illustrated catalogue with seven essays by specialists in the field is available for sale as is a variety of exciting design items created specially for the exhibition.

Online coverage of the exhibition includes these pages in the Daily Telegraph, FT and Guardian. Comment is also available in a post entitled "Grecian Escape" on Style Bubble, a page (in Greek) by Xenia Bolomiti and an article in the Slow Lane column of the FT by Harry Eyres.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Koula Lemos who gave so much for the Hellenic Centre.

Useful links

From here a click will take you to the websites of the Hellenic Centre and to the websites of the lenders to the exhibition,
the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, the Benaki Museum and the Lyceum Club of Greek Women. The website of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women has particularly rich online documentation about its costume collection but much of the material is available only in Greek. Images of Greek traditional costumes are also available online on the website of the Museum of Greek Folk Art .

Design items crafted specially for the exhibition

Subtle Silk: Athena Procopiou, Greek-born designer with her own scarf and cover-up brand, is to launch two exclusive scarf designs to help promote Patterns of Magnificence, in a collaboration which celebrates the elegance and splendour of Greece’s distinctively rich textile heritage. Highlighting the luxury of traditional Greek textiles in these exclusive designs, this is an exciting project for the Central Saint Martin’s graduate, whose kaleidoscopic, ethereal prints are inspired by folkloric culture and her personal travel experience.

Versatile Felt: Dimitra Antonopoulou, architect, weaver and felt maker using the felting technique swiftly turns wool into jewellery and soft objects original in texture, colour, shape and design. Inspired by traditional women’s costumes in the exhibition she combines her own weaves, textures, colours and shapes and creates designs unique to the exhibition thus paying tribute to the rich weaving and textile history of Greece.

Structured Paper: Eleonora Paspaliari, prize winning architect, urban planner and designer prints and frantically folds and unfolds paper into intricate jewellery which springs from a dynamic combination of traditional Greek textile designs and bold architectural shapes.

Innovative Designs: Stamatis Zannos, the exhibition’s designer, was born in Athens where he studied interior design and graphic arts at the Doxiadis School and at the Vakalo College of Art and Design. He has been designing jewellery since 1980 (examples of his recent work can be seen here). He is also an interior designer and curator of international exhibitions. He has collaborated with major Greek institutions including the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Benaki Museum and Alpha Bank among others. He has shown his work at solo exhibitions in Greece and has been commissioned to design objects for La Chrysotheque Zolotas and The Tsitouras Collection. In his innovative jewellery inspired by Patterns of Magnificence traditional designs are refracted through the transparency and plasticity of contemporary materials.

Traditional Economy: Olympia Basklavani is a painter, drama therapist and author of books on art with a long service in TV (set design, costume design). She also runs a workshop for expression and creativity. In the spirit of economy evident in all aspects of traditional culture she turns recycled materials into beautiful reversible bags which she decorates with printed photographs. You can see the e-book of Traditional Economy by clicking on the link.

Subtle Silk

Athena Procopiou, Greek-born designer with her own scarf and cover-up brand, is to launch two exclusive scarf designs to help promote Patterns of Magnificence, in a collaboration which celebrates the elegance and splendour of Greece’s distinctively rich textile heritage. Highlighting the luxury of traditional Greek textiles in these exclusive designs, this is an exciting project for the Central Saint Martin’s graduate, whose kaleidoscopic, ethereal prints are inspired by folkloric culture and her personal travel experience.

Versatile Felt

Dimitra Antonopoulou, architect, weaver and felt maker using the felting technique swiftly turns wool into jewellery and soft objects original in texture, colour, shape and design. Inspired by traditional women’s costumes in the exhibition she combines her own weaves, textures, colours and shapes and creates designs unique to the exhibition thus paying tribute to the rich weaving and textile history of Greece.

Structured Paper

Eleonora Paspaliari, prize winning architect, urban planner and designer prints and frantically folds and unfolds paper into intricate jewellery which springs from a dynamic combination of traditional Greek textile designs and bold architectural shapes.

Innovative Designs

Stamatis Zannos, the exhibition’s designer, was born in Athens where he studied interior design and graphic arts at the Doxiadis School and at the Vakalo College of Art and Design. He has been designing jewellery since 1980 (examples of his recent work can be seen here). He is also an interior designer and curator of international exhibitions. He has collaborated with major Greek institutions including the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Benaki Museum and Alpha Bank among others. He has shown his work at solo exhibitions in Greece and has been commissioned to design objects for La Chrysotheque Zolotas and The Tsitouras Collection. In his innovative jewellery inspired by Patterns of Magnificence traditional designs are refracted through the transparency and plasticity of contemporary materials.

Traditional Economy

Olympia Basklavani is a painter, drama therapist and author of books on art with a long service in TV (set design, costume design). She also runs a workshop for expression and creativity. In the spirit of economy evident in all aspects of traditional culture she turns recycled materials into beautiful reversible bags which she decorates with printed photographs. You can see the e-book of Traditional Economy by clicking on the link.