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SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Exhibition @ The Hellenic Centre, London – 12th to 22nd March

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View
I belatedly realised after I went to this exhibition that I should have invited my very good friend, and also very Greek friend, Melina. Melina, I disappoint. I am a terrible friend.

Much as I love to party party, and dance to um, celeb DJs (iTunes Party Shuffle), what I really love are exhibitions, and being able to be in a room and if not touch, stand very close to clothes that I will never own, but am just happy to be next to them. I suggest never going to an exhibition with me because I do get very absorbed in clothes and pictures. And my mouth is open a lot.

I headed to the private view of the SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Exhibition at the Hellenic Centre, in Marylebone with my good friend and fellow blogger/writer/and all around top banana Akeela. Upon arriving at the Hellenic Centre, a deceptively slim townhouse, but a lovely high ceilinged space inside, we listened to a speech by Ioanna Papantoniou, President of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation on the exhibition.

The exhibition shows six contemporary Greek designers of the 20th Century who revolutionised the concept of couture in Greek, Jean Dessès, Yannis Evangelides, James Galanos, Dimis Kritsas, George Stavrapoulos, and Yannis Tsekenis. Alongside these six designers were three Greek international designers, Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab (whose stuff I adore) and Sophia Kokosolaki.

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View

Top to bottom: Mary Katrantzou AW11, Mary Katrantzou SS11, Sophia Kokosolaki, Mary Katrantzou, Mario Schwab SS12, Sophia Kokosolaki.

Mary Katrantzou was the flavour du jour, with several attendees decked out in her clothes.

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View
Greeks need to stop being so bloody cool. I don’t know many other guys who’d pull off the ladies blazer. Except Matthew Zorpas – another GREEK.

It was a rather lovely evening as we also ran into Kristabel of I Want You To Know and her painfully stylish mother Sandria (in Mary K no less), and spent a rather pleasant time, talking, standing too close to the mannequins (because I don’t get invites to the shows *cough* not that fancy a blogger really), chasing waiters for canapes and discussing my inability to talk like a normal person in mixed company.

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View
I spent the rest of the night next to this plate.

SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Private View
My lipstick is red not orange

If you’re in the Baker St area, the exhibition runs until the 22 March and is free entry. Highly recommend popping down there, especially if you’re a fan of Mary, Marios or Sophia.

The Universal Greek Fashion Designers Exhibition runs from to 12th to 22nd March at the Great Hall @ The Hellenic Centre.

The Hellenic Centre
6-18 Paddington Street
W1U 5AS

Nearest station – Baker St
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12am-4pm.

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Photos courtesy of Akeela Bhattay

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