Dear iDEALS, I've known Dimitris Petrou for many years now, ever since I first arrived in Greece. During the last Athenian fashion week, he was one of the newcomers who presented their first catwalk show. I am posting the following photographs by Yiorgos Kaplanidis. Although you can see some dresses and women's pieces, his work focuses on menswear.
Dear iDEALS, I am desperately waiting for Tarsem's "The Fall". The costumes are by Eiko Ishioka, resposnible for many memorable costumes, from Copolla's Dracula, Matthew Barney's Cremaster 5, Bjork's Cocoon, The Cell.....
Dear iDEALS, Thanos Samaras in one of the most important actors of my generation in Greece. Apart from acting though, he has another obsession, for which I asked him a few questions.
Filep Motwary: Thanos, what I am looking at. Who are these heroines?
Thanos Samaras:They are small scale people who live with me. They act in scenes I set up and direct. They interpret things that fester in my mind. Usually words or half finished sentences.
Filep Motwary: When did you first discover your passion for dolls?
Thanos Samaras: When I was 25 I found a little doll in a flea market in Manhattan. It shook me seeing her all dirty and abandoned on the concrete pavement. I bought her and started photographing her in my travels and quotidian life. A few years later, I'm still using dolls in my work.
Filep Motwary: So it wasn't that long ago..Last year you represented Greece in Tokyo. How and what for?
Thanos Samaras: . I created a Blythe called Wilhemina for the annual Blythe contest. Although she has a very European feel to her, which is not very popular among Japanese Blythe fans who prefer retarded gothic lolita style variations, she placed 3rd. While I was there, I also did a small exhibition of my photos which was organized for me by Japanese artist Atelier Matin. I adored Tokyo, I hope to go back soon, preferably in winter, I love rainy Tokyo.
Filep Motwary: You do make their hairstyles and wigs also. Can you ecplain the procedure?
Thanos Samaras: I only use human hair or mohair in my wigmaking. I detest artificial fibers. I am in love with how the human hair strand reacts to my touch, be it gentle or abusive. I use 60s' old school techniques and tools for styling my wigs, old rollers, old combs and old styling methods. Wigs are such intense tools of transformation, they can transform anyone into anything. Their magic powers excite me to no end. And being made in human hair, they carry secret DNA messages from the people whose hair I use. I have created a line of fine wigs for dolls in limited editions, called Yatabazah Luxury Wigs which caters to a few choice dolls, like Mdvanii and Blythe.
Filep Motwary: What is the aim behind this hobby of yours?
Thanos Samaras: It's not a hobby, it's a calling and an exercise in balance, harmony and futility.
Filep Motwary: Can someone buy them?
Thanos Samaras: I often need to clear the air and my mind and I sell dolls only to replace them with new muses. It's like being in love, it doesn't last long.
Dear iDEALS, Sandra Backlund's collection for F/W 09 10 , entitled "CONTROL C", was sent to me via email this morning. Sandra is the queen of knitwear. Photo: Peter Gehrke /Adamsky
Styling: Naomi Itkes /Link Details
Hair: Peter Andersson /Mikas
Make Up: Kajsa Svanberg /Mikas
Model: Tilda L /Stockholmsgruppen
Art Direction: Sandberg&Timonen