A few days before the huge demonstration in Athens and Thessaloniki for the Macedonian naming issue, Greek Fashion Designer Laskaris presented, for the second season in Paris, his Spring-Summer ‘18 collection, entitled “Olympias, the woman behind Alexander the Great” at Paris Fashion Week, greekcitytimes.com reports in the following article:
Some people use their voices in order to be heard, others write articles or books in order to be read, when serious matters occur. But for Laskaris, the runway was his mouthpiece.
We were in the amazing Maison des Centraliens, the first hotel decorated by the Belgian Fashion Designer Martin Margiela. Besides the title, the hall had ancient Greek columns and bursts of Alexander the Great to give an overall feel concerning the theme of Laskaris’ summer collection. When the music “Sirens of Ulysses” by Daemonia Nymphe played, we were immediately transported to Ancient Greece. Daemonia Nymphe (Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou), is an ethereal world music ensemble, the first artists worldwide to compose and perform improvisations with reproductions of Ancient Greek instruments manufactured by Nikolaos Brass.
Laskaris’ Muse was the dynamic Olympias, Princess of the Molossians of Epirus, wife of King Philip II of the Macedonians, and mother of Alexander the Great. “I am very happy to present my collection for the second consecutive season at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Olympias was a very special woman with a timeless range of charm. She inspired me initially for her travelling life. She had a personal power and glamor, and when Philip was absent, was giving her the rule of Macedonia. She was a woman with huge reserves of power. A woman who changed the events with her presence and was tasked with raising this great man. To be honest she reminds me of many ladies dressed in my Fashion House, great women, successful and dynamic who are behind strong men. I believe that a strong man has always behind him a dynamic, intelligent and versatile woman who discreetly pushes and supports him. Why not?”
The collection travelled side by side with the life of Olympias. It started by Olympias’ birth in Pasaronas, an ancient city of Epirus. Olympias, as the myth says, was sleeping with snakes and feeding reptiles. The snake as a symbol, depicted opposing forces: the regeneration, the primordial life-giving momentum but also death, the good and the evil, the light of knowledge and the darkness of the unconsciousness.
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