The Fashion Folk S01 ep6 : Celia Krithariot, Krithariot Fashion, [Athens]
Interview with Celia Krithariot
It is amazing to seen the psychological influence of a dress on a woman. They come in tired, but as soon as you pull up the zip, they are transformed and energised.
KM – At 16 you were designing Haute Couture?
I was not designing haute Couture, I was designing my clothes and afterwards,
slowly, slowly, for some clients and then I was putting 2 or 3 models of mine in
a shows and in 1992 I started doing my fashion shows.
Fashion cannot be made only by experience but also by youth.
The best training I could ever have did not get from any university in fashion, it
KD – Reality of course.
I had the best teachers, I think - that they were amazing.
My point is at all times show the femininity of the woman and to bring out her
best vision of herself.
How many times we have seen a very fantastic dress which when worn looks
awful or a very good looking girl with a plain dress which looks great. In all
cases it has to suit her.
KD – What are some of the secrets in fashion?
To make women thinner, taller, to make them look like models. It is amazing to
seen the psychological influence of a dress on a woman. They come in tired,
but as soon as you pull up the zip, they are transformed and energised.
I don’t like models like the English style, they are like boys.
KD – Very masculine
I’ve done one show in London’s Dorchester hotel and when I was doing the
casting, it was so difficult. I had to bring models from Paris…. I don’t mean that
I want the models to be fat, but tall and thin and to have the shape of a
woman. To have big shoulders. The models in London have the shoulders
down very flat, very very narrow waist and they walk like boys.
KD – When someone says the word Haute Couture – of course it has been
very badly used over the last few years. What does it really mean?
Yes, it has been very badly used. For me it means something different, unique
and something special. It is a place that you can experience yourself every
time you try to find something new. It is like a dream.
By working hard over the past 12 years, I have all the women in Greece that I
would every want as clients, but if you ask me if I have done anything, I would
say that I have just started.
I like to be free. In Athens I do two fashion shows and travel. I was always
afraid that if I got into hard business with pret-a-porter it would restrict my
freedom and quality. At this scale I can control the quality.
Everybody that makes creates and produces something, writes a book,
designs a table or cars or whatever is influenced by what he has in his mind.
What he has seen in all his life.
KD – His inspiration comes from his experience.
Many times I have caught myself translating images into designs. I remember
when I saw the Point Alexander in Paris – the bridge with the golden arch, and
"gold" was in fashion, I produced a dress using that influence. Inspiration
comes from everywhere.
I admire when something is new and sometimes I get angry with myself when I
see and like something very much and was not the first person to think it.
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