Art and Design was and is something that interests me from a very young age. The idea of following a process to develop a design fascinates me. My first degree in Fashion Design and Design for Performance helped me understand how the fashion industry works. My work experiences was mostly in Costume Design and Styling but that does not mean I am not considered as a Fashion Designer. In my opinion, Fashion and Costume are different but at the same time they depend on each other. Fashion is industry. Working in fashion is on how and what do people wear, how the market works and what would people actually wear. It needs to be wearable and at the same time unique and special. Designing for fashion is somehow easier because you have to put your million ideas into million different designs. Costume design is a bit more challenging because you are allowed to have a million ideas in just one design.
My masters degree in Costume Design for Performance opened a lot of doors in gaining experience in both of the fields of fashion and costume design. I was one of the finalists at MAD UK 2011 (Design and Make) with my design being chosen by Zandra Rhodes and in 2013 I exhibited one of my costumes based on 'The Tempest' of William Shakespeare at the Victoria and Albert museum.
Costume design is a form of art. It has a similar process, research of the concept, research on trends of the specific era or period, research in to fabrics and materials and developing a range of designs with full details on the look of the character. Now, working as a Costume Designer helped me develop a different way of thinking. The costumes I design and make are a challenge for the performer since they have to work with the costume. The costume is the performance. Having both, fashion and costume, I developed a world with no limits. For example, using tailoring techniques creating an editorial for LOVE magazine, or using extreme materials on an installation. I believe that all of my work experiences prepared me for a position like this one because I do have the knowledge to teach and help the students, even If I am young. I work a lot to reach my goals and I am always open to the idea of learning.
The rate depends on the subject and the hours the student will request.
I had the opportunity to teach as a visitor lecturer at Birmingham City University in the Fashion Design department. I was teaching Costume and Script Interpretation. My key responsibilities were to make sure that my students developed an understanding of the similarities of costume and fashion and how both can be equally interesting. The idea was to give a few lectures on the differences and similarities of costume and fashion. After they read a book and from there they started the process of finding the characters, making a characters analysis, developing a concept for each character and by the end they had to design the look for each one of the characters. The sketchbook, the portfolio and the design book had to have a good and flown concept. I found that you are constantly learning even if you are the teacher and that was the most amazing thing through the whole experience. Having a good relationship with the students was very helpful not just for me but for them as well since we had an amazing communication and understanding on what they had to learn and do.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
September 2013 - December 2014 LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION, UK Master of Arts in Costume Design for Performance (Merit)
September 2012 - March 2012 CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, UK Events Management for Creative Industries - Diploma (A)
September 2009 - June 2012: BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, UK Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion Design and Design for Performance (2.2)
September 2006 - June 2009: Lyceum Makariou C’ Larnaca, CY Grade: (18 .4/20)
Weighted Average IELTS: (6, 5)
GALEOTE LONDON, Designer and Maker, September 2016 - Present.
Lead designer in design studio catering for high-end clients within the High Street fashion, Luxury fashion and Bespoke. Accessories and Handbag.
MISAN, Sales Associate/Buyer, October 2015 - Present. Fabric Company - Fabric type and usage. Fashion styling, design and history. Costume history, fabrication and pattern cutting. Supervising. Giving products advise. Choosing the right fabrics for any garment. (Clients: ‘Game of Throws’, ‘The Crown’, BBC, Fashion Industry companies and film industry)- Experimentation with fabrics for better result for each company.
DV CLOSET, Stylist/Personal Shopper, September 2015 - April 2016.
NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL, Costume Designer/Maker/Stylist July 2015 - September 2016. Focused on Short Abstract Films. Designing following the script and making costumes in a very short time.
REEM JUAN, Pattern Cutter/Alterations/Fitter May 2015 - July 2015. Working with the designer's high clients for bespoke and couture garments.
LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION, Associate Costume Designer/Maker, December 2014 - April 2015. Ulla Von Brandenburg (Artist/Director) – Gallery Lafayette (Paris) - Designing and Making the Costumes of the Theatre production.
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, Visiting Lecturer/ Technician, December 2014 - December 2016. Working with 2nd and 3rd years on different modules, (Costume and Script Interpretation, Design for Events, Costume Design with Special Effects), focusing in Classical and Contemporary Ballet costume design, making and couture techniques. Portfolio Development.
LORARTY LONDON, Jewellery Designer/Maker, October 2012 - May 2013.
PAVLOS LAZAROU, Costume Designer, June 2012 - December 2013. Various classical and contemporary dance projects and films such as: 'Dorian Grey', 'Women's Rights' and ' Alexandra'.
SWITCH DANCE THEATRE, Costume Designer/Maker, December 2011 - June 2012. Dance/ Theatre piece - Boundaries. Designed a variety of different kinds of dance costumes using the same concept as an inspiration.
October 2011: Finalist at the MAD UK competition in Coventry – Zadra Rhodes.
Languages: Fluent Greek (native), English and French, basic Spanish.
IT Skills: Excellent command of Microsoft Office- Microsoft World, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Excel, Computer Programs: Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator, Windows Live Movie Maker, Programming Languages: Pascal and Visual Basic.
Proficient in Social Media
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