Sophia Kokosalaki, a London-based luminary Greek fashion designer famous for her prowess in aesthetic Grecian drape designs, died on Monday, the 13th of October 2019 at the age of 47. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed though she had battled with cancer for about 2 months prior to her demise. She is survived by her husband and daughter.

She was born and bred in Athens, Greece. She studied Greek and English Literature at the University of Athens and relocated to London where she attended Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design under the tutorship of the likes of Late Professor Louise Wilson and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in womenswear in 1998.

She launched her first womenswear collection at the London Fashion week in 1999 and had a collaboration with Topshop in 2001. She was hired as Chief Designer in 2002 to design costumes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She also launched her Autumn/Winter collection in 2004. Her label was enlisted in the top 10 British Cool Brand Leaders in 2004.

She served briefly as the Creative Director of Vionnet, a French Fashion house from 2006 to 2007. She sold her brand to an Italian Conglomerate, “Only the Brave” which owns brands like “Diesel” and “Maison Margiela” in 2007 and was able to buy back her brand in 2009. She was assigned as the Chief Head Designer of Diesel’s Black Gold Label in 2010 and created exceptionally stunning and aesthetic designs for the label until 2012.

She launched another low-end brand, “Kore” under Asos, and also introduced her bridal collection in 2012. She subsequently released several bridal collection designs until 2017.

Her unique and stunning brand designs have been worn on the red carpet by celebrities like Kate Hudson, Alexa Chung, Jennifer Connelly, Kirsten Dunst, and Chloë Sevigny.

She was honored with the following awards: “Elle” Designer Award (2002), the “Art Foundation” Award for fashion (2002), and the “New Generation Designer” Award in (2004).

Her name and designs have been featured in the editorial sections of the worlds’ most prestigious magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and W magazine.

Sarah Mower, Vogue’s Chief fashion critic, posted a very touching tribute to Sophia Kokosalaki on her Instagram handle. “Mourning the loss of dear Sophia Kokosalaki, a great talent, sister pioneer of the London fashion new wave of the 2000s, Greek fashion heroine, alumna of Professor Louise Wilson’s CSM MA crucible 1998, and such an amazing mother to her daughter Stelli,” Mower wrote. “Heartbroken for her family and all her friends who loved and admired her.”

She will forever be remembered in the history of Greek Fashion and the heart of her loved ones and friends. A great blow indeed it is.


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