A varied womenswear tradition rich in jewellery, embroidered textiles and elaborate ensembles.
On February 3, fashion designer Marios Schwab opened the exhibition Patterns of Magnificence: Tradition and Reinvention in Greek Women’s Costume at the Hellenic Centre in London.
Curated by Ioanna Papantoniou and designed by Stamatis Zannos, the exhibition brings for the first time to London, 38 costumes from the famous costume collection at the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplio. Two additional costumes have been lent by the Benaki Museum in Athens.
The exhibition also illustrates the interplay of native tradition and western aesthetic. It displays the late 19th Century court dress of Amalia of Oldenburg first Queen of the independent Greece, and that of her successor, Queen Olga, the Russian-born consort of King George I.
A fully illustrated catalogue with 10 essays by specialists in the field alongside images for each costume is available. It is the first major English language publication on traditional women’s dress in Greece.
If you cannot visit the London Hellenistic Centre take a pick at 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, unfortunately available mainly in Greek. Images of Greek traditional costumes are also available online on the website of the Museum of Greek Folk Art .
Patterns of Magnificence: Tradition and Reinvention in Greek Women’s Costume
4 February – 2 March 2014
The exhibition is free with guided tours organised on Tuesday and Thursday.
Full details of the exhibition.