Jean Paul Gaultier Presents Greece-Inspired Creations at Benaki Museum

Renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier presented his “Paris-Athens” collection at a glamorous event at the Benaki Museum on Tuesday, with all proceeds going to the museum.

Wearing a Greek flag T-shirt he designed himself, Gaultier welcomed his guests at Benaki Museum. About 200 people attended the fashion show paying a steep 1,000 euros entrance fee that will go to the museum.

Singers Nana Mouskouri; Sakis Rouvas; Alkistis Protopsalti; Marathon town Mayor Ilias Psinakis, and fashion designers Deux Hommes were among the guests.

Famous Greek actors and models wore the French designer’s creations on the catwalk. Among them were Katerina Lechou; Vicky Kayia; Katerina Stikoudi; Manos Pintzis and Zeta Douka.

Dresses with gold details, ethnic costumes and airy dresses that resembled ancient Greek mantles, all with the airy Gaultier touch gained the generous applaud of the audience.

“It is my honor because Greece is part of my life and this collection is my only way to reward the inspiration that Benaki Museum and Greece has given me,” said the famous designer in a press conference on Monday.

“Greece has always been an inspiration for me: the light, the sky, the islands, the sea, the people…,” also said, adding that his “Paris-Athens” collection was inspired by Aphrodite, Sappho, traditional costumes and other Greek elements.