Interview at "Entos" magazine

Fabrics & colors are the lead protagonists.What is the source of your inspiration?

Κατερινα Καρούσου ΈκθεσηFabrics are an important source of inspiration. I usually come up with an idea when I look at a certain fabric. There are preferences of course, I'm in love with velvet, it's a fabric I use every winter whether it's fashionable or not, it's a very feminine fabric. I also prefer silk and linen, fabrics that are 'clear-cut' and unmixed, such as silk, linen and cotton. Where colors are concerned I prefer more earthly shades such as bordeaux, I like colors but I always choose darker shades.My favorite color is black. I'm not very concerned with the fashion trends.I prefer to create diachronical pieces that praise feminineness.

Hats and sun-glasses have the tendency to "camouflage"...and maybe differentiate the original appearance. Can this delusion be further highlighted? Is such an aspect one of the aims of your Show?

It's true that hats as well as sun-glasses tend to camouflage, it's like playing a game. Actually, fashion itself and its trends is really just a game that is reclaimed and renewed, it's a change of image for those who get updated and pursue such trends. Still, as I already mentioned, I don't deal with fashion trends since these often spoil the female figure and mislead women into wearing clothes that are unflattering on them. Nevertheless I don't aim to camouflage anything, this Show is a simple recollection of feminineness.

Is it true that your next step will be as a fashion designer? You excelled in the modeling field, posing on the cover of many notable European magazines. Now you eye the fashion world from an opposite view. What is the style you will choose to address the millennium woman and where are you inspired from?

Κατερινα Καρούσου ΈκθεσηThis next step comes as a natural outcome, after all I started my career designing clothes. At that time and for several years I worked as an assistant for the fashion-designer Loukia. Among other tasks I had the responsibility for the styling of the yearly fashion shows. I always supported the shows with hats as well as gloves, since, in my opinion the latter are also an essential accessory. There I realized that most milliners were already too old and there weren't any younger people learning to succeed them in the millinery craft. No one was willing to teach me this craft, so I found myself in New York, in the heart of Manhattan, studying millinery at the F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology). Shortly before my graduation I started working for a well-known American milliner and I remained in New York for the next five years, switching jobs and attending further courses (regarding the making of bags, belts, shoes etc). Κατερινα Καρούσου ΈκθεσηUpon my return to Greece and being perhaps the only young representative in the millinery area, I designed hats primarily but always produced all other women's accessories and always designed and created my own clothes, as well as personal items for my home. During the last two years I've been designing children's christening clothes along with the accessories that are necessary for a christening. Also, last year Ms. Tzobanakis gave me the opportunity to design her theatrical outfits for a TV series. I don't want to use standards, I don't enjoy creating identical pieces, I prefer to attend to each case separately, since I believe that each person has his/her own style that reveals his/her personality. I don't want to be tagged, I always seek the chance to design different pieces. The ideal for the millennium woman would be to discover her own personal style, to be in touch with herself and to refuse to be drifted by trends that serve only to maintain the fashion industry. Perhaps women should return to the security of the seamstress as they did in the old days when they were definitely more well-dressed than today.

The contemporary shapes of the hats are very specific. Sadly, the times when hats were highlighted as an expensive and essential accessory of the figure are over. Who are the recipients of your propositions?

The shapes and forms of hats that are becoming to the feminine face are more or less specific and one can't do much about design where mass production is concerned. I always have very elegant suggestions for hats and other accessories that women of all ages can wear, at all times. I try to maintain a high quality at a reasonable cost. Of course there are orders for weddings, fashion shows, theatrical performances and these give ground for further improvisation.

At the same time there are still quite a few hat admirers. How does one go about choosing the suitable hat?

The true hat admirers know how to choose and how to wear a hat as well. If they love hats but haven't had the chance to wear one yet, there are always suggestions for the most fitting hat, the facial structure being one of these. For example, it would be best for somebody with a square face to choose a hat with a squared peak (the upper part of the hat), while shorter women should prefer hats with a smaller brim. It's good to tell the difference between a hand-made hat and a mass-production hat. A good quality hat is light in its weight, not stiffened with starch, everything has been sewed with a needle and a thread, so if you find a thread or perhaps a small "flaw", you can be certain that this hat is the result of the work of a person and not of a machine.

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