Yannis Tseklenis, titan of Greek fashion, passes
Yannis Tseklenis, a titan of Greek fashion and a key figure in shaping and promoting the concept of "Greek chic" on the international stage died on Wednesday at the age of 82.
Born in Athens in 1937, Tseklenis came to be considered the premier Greek fashion designer of the second half of the 20th century. From 1965 to 1991 his creations were sold at top boutiques and shops in over 30 countries around the world, an unprecedented achievement at the time for a designer from Greece. At a time when the country was seeking to embrace a new era of optimism and modernity, Tseklenis was instrumental in defining and popularizing the Greek aesthetic, with a wide-ranging influence that remains evident to this day.
At once unmistakably Hellenic - drawing on wide-ranging themes from the country's long history - yet also bold, colorful and forward-looking, Tseklenis' textiles and...