Eleni Kyriakou @ 12th Athens Xclusive Designers Week
Eleni Kyriacou is a London based womenswear fashion and textiles designer. Eleni launched her brand in October 2011 with her red carpet collection Women as Treasure. She studied textile design at Central Saint Martins where she won an MA prize for best design for sustainability. Her BSc was in architecture at The Bartlett, UCL. She apprenticed for the late Alexander Mcqueen in menswear and accessories for womenswear and for Emilio de la Morena, before taking the step to launch her own label.
Eleni's work is characterised by strong concepts and a structured design process. She draws from inspirational material to create conceptually sound work. This process is at the forefront of her design philosophy, and is without a doubt as a result of her architectural training. She develops ideas through innovative use of textiles. She is passionate about using materials in unusual ways. For example she has used metal in textiles, and has developed silk textiles that emulate paper-like qualities. Her aim is to create inventive garments that are also wearable.
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