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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 15 tell a story her journeys and folk costumes worn by the locals. From Indian embroideries and Turkish embellishments to the French aesthetic, she has discovered the interconnection between diverse clothing traditions to be the greatest source of inspiration for her creations. "You find yourself completely saturated by the different colours and patterns. When I travelled to the more rural areas of India, for example, the better the clothes were." Among the various Western and Eastern cultures the designer has encountered, one commonality she noticed was lace artwork, which she has since incorporated into her own style profile. "I never put a petsetaki (crochet) with kendimata (cross-stitch) on my table, but in my ranges of clothes I've always had something with a little bit of the hand crochet," she says with a laugh. Through of her all travel experiences, the designer admits it's the time she spent on the Greek islands during summer which undoubtedly shaped her identity as a fashion designer. "I think the Greek woman is generally quite confident, and spending years in Greece when I was younger, I found there is a lot of comfort in how women dress. This is why I use a lot of natural fibres that make you feel good in your clothes," she says. While in Greece, she recalls staying at the beach until late at night and then going to a bar with the same outfit, a memory that has inspired her to design versatile pieces that can be worn straight from work to an outing. This is the reason the designer channels all her energy, from the very beginning of the design process, into creating clothes that complement and support the body, rather than hide or restrict it. "I tell a story with my clothes, the story that translates from morning to night. "In the last few years I realised that my inspiration comes more from the female form than the structure of clothing. It's more about draping a body and showing the curvatures and the shape of a woman's body. I think that's very Greek." For more information on the 'Anna Cat' label, visit www. annacat.com.au/ FEATURE A snapshot from Collection 3056, an event organised by the Anna Cat label during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in 2012. OS: PHOENIX MICHAEL.
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