European Fashion Award – FASH 2020
|[fi:]||The collection [fi:] is an interpretation of the philosophical concept of fluidity. Philosopher Heraclitus coined the term “panta rhei” which describes life as a river: Being is becoming and becoming is being. Age-old definitions become blurred, familiar forms melt away.Archetypes derived from the looks of Acid jazz bands and their freely flowing music, such as Digable Planets, Galliano, and Brand New Heavies, form the foundation of the “static” element of each outfit. This is complemented with a fluid, transformable aspect in which the volumes along the straps can be shifted freely around the body. There is no right or wrong. The clear texture of a classical tartan (digital print on cotton) is distorted by reflective foil or alienated by random bleaching. With the garments in constant motion, the tartan pattern loses its texture and becomes blurred. The thermochromic colour (screen print) reacts to body temperature, changing from petrol when low to neon green as it rises. Depending on the wearer and situation, the colours thus also become fluid.|
|Jury’s appraisal||Erato Fotopoulos creates something that is only rarely achieved: she combines sportswear with the sophistication of fashion. As she experiments with volume and bold prints, she balances the casual with the chic and does so with such virtuosity that it feels entirely natural. Speaking to the emotions, the garments are photogenic and make the wearer feel modern and cool. They are as pleasant and comfortable as pyjamas, yet the wearer looks and feels well dressed. An art reminiscent of designer Haider Ackermann.
Finally, she overcomes gender boundaries without seeming insincere. Despite the sophistication, pieces such as the T-shirts certainly have commercial appeal. A look that is full of personality and is perfectly in tune with lockdowns, loungewear and the urgent need for casual clothing that incorporates new details, individual fashion statements, and sophistication. From the distinctive idea to the outstanding documentation and the innovative cuts, this is an excellent piece of work! A great talent with huge potential in a strong cohort.
|Education||Bachelor – FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences / Prof. Meiken Rau|