Coming to the London Museum on November 5th, “Contemporary Minoans: Cretan culture, source of inspiration” will honor Cretan fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki, who passed away in October.
Distinguished academics and designers from Europe will come together in the Terrace Gallery at the Museum of London to showcase the everlasting influence of Minoan culture on the global contemporary creation scene (fashion, gastronomy, music, art).
From the innovative dances of Sergei Diaghilev (Ballets Russes) to Ted Shaw, from William Blake’s Minotaur to Pablo Picasso’s groundbreaking artworks inspired by the Labyrinth’s mythical creature and from Mariano Fortuny’s celebrated Κnossos scarf to Karl Lagerfeld and Sophia Kokosalaki, the Minoans, Europe’s earliest advanced civilisation, continue to capture the imagination of archaeologists, artists, and the public.
The “Contemporary Minoans: Cretan culture, source of inspiration” is organized from the initiative of Cultural Organisation Branding Heritage (BH) with the support of the Region of Crete and the Greek National Tourism Organisation UK & Ireland.
The event, held under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministries of Culture, Tourism and the Embassy of Greece to the United Kingdom, will start 12:30 p.m.
Journalist and contributing Vogue UK editor Harriet Quick will be present to pay tribute to the designer’s creative genius and charismatic personality. For those unaware, last year, Sophia Kokosalaki was honored by Branding Heritage and the Region of Crete at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum for her valuable contribution to the promotion of Greek heritage and Minoan culture on the international fashion scene.
The distinction was given within the framework of the multifaceted cultural event ‘Contemporary Minoans’ and ‘Cooking like Minoans’ held in presence of HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
The coming London event will welcome Regional Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis, Greek National Tourism Organisation President Angela Gerekou and Secretary-General Dimitris Fragakis of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, Ambassador of Greece to the Court of St. James’s H.E. Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Journalist and Founder of Branding Heritage Katerina Frentzou.
Speakers at the Sophia Kokosalaki tribute even will include: Professor of Aegean Studies, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol Nicoletta Momigliano, Maze designer Adrian Fisher, Lecturer of Aegean Prehistory at Venice Ca’ Foscari University Ilaria Caloi, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Diana Wardle, Archaeologist and Founder of Minoan Tastes Dr. Jerolyn Morisson, Ceramicist Lilah Clarke, at the Creative Talks Founder of Rainbowwave Maria Lemos, Fashion Designer Marios Schwab, Archaeologist and Designer Dr. Polina Ellis, Members of Balothizer Music Band Stephen J. Payne and Nikos Ziarkas.
In addition, a special message will be sent by the Head of Picasso administration Claude Picasso. The closing address will be delivered by the painter of Knossos Palace Yiannis Politis. The event will be moderated by journalist & Fashion Features Director at Vogue Greece Elis Kiss and BH Expert & Managing Partner at Militos S.A. Olga Stavropoulou.
An exhibition of inspired artworks with Minoan references by European artists Alekos Fassianos, Lilah Clarke, Loukia Orfanou and Tereza Valavani, fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab, Faye Chatzi, fashion brands Ergon Mykonos and The Artians, jewellery designer Polina Ellis, Textile Designers Alexandra Bissa and Maria Sigma Textiles, maze designer Adrian Fisher while researcher archaeologist Diana Wardle will present a reconstruction of an ancient garment. The event will be accompanied by live workshops reproducing ancient techniques (weaving/loom).
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