The exhibition, “Patterns of Magnificence: Tradition and Reinvention in Greek Women’s Costume”, which will be hosted by the Hellenic Centre (London) in February 2014, will bring thirty two of the most splendid examples to London for the first time. They include the richly embroidered costume from Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, the astonishing assembly of fabrics, colours and jewellery from Stefanoviki in Thessaly and the superbly brocaded dress from Jannina in Epirus.
The exhibition will also illustrate 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, Queen Olga, the Russian-born consort of King George I. These splendid costumes represent a synthesis that is emblematic of nineteenth century nation building.
During the period of the exhibition the Hellenic Centre will arrange guided tours and hold lectures on costume, textiles, the reception of the indigenous tradition and the history and culture of Greece after independence.
All but two of the costumes come from the superb collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplio. The other two are being lent by The Benaki Museum of Athens. The curator of the exhibition is the Foundation’s director and renowned expert, Ioanna Papandoniou. The designer is Stamatis Zannos.
A fully illustrated catalogue with 10 essays by specialists in the field alongside catalogue entries and images for each costume will be available. For a full programme of these and all events related to the exhibition please go to www.patternsofmagnificence.org
Exhibition Dates: February 4th – March 2nd Hellenic Centre 16-18 Paddington Street London W1U 5AS www.helleniccentre.org 020 7487 5060