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Endyesthai (To Dress)

Start Date 24 March 2010
End Date 23 May 2010
Venue Benaki Museum
Location Athens, Greece

The exhibition is based on the costume collection of the “Vassilios Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, which is comprised of a wide range of museum-grade clothing from the 18th to the 21st century, including masterpieces by designers/couturiers known the world over, such as Mariano Fortuny, Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, and others, as well as Greek designers who are internationally renowned, such as Yiannis Evangelides, Jean Dessès, James Galanos, Yiannis Tseklenis, Sophia Kokosalaki and others.

In presenting this collection, which is unprecedented by Greek standards, the exhibition aims to highlight the necessity of creating a Museum of the Culture of Costume in Greece. To this end, besides presenting collectible clothing, the exhibition also touches on the issue of the different functions of clothing and the different way costume can be interpreted by science of costume design.