Sep 14 2006

The Greek fashion designer Vassilis Barbarigos (b. 1876) received a vivid orange midi paper dress with white details and made from a paper-like fabric. His creation is inspired by the story of the blind Oedipus and the work of the Greek painter Yannis Gaitis (1923–1984), who is known for his paintings of repeating men dressed in suits with plaid jackets and bowler hats. Barbarigos used pages from periodicals in the Braille writing system to create a pinstripe men’s suit. The white details come from the orange paper dress and the holes at the height of the ankles are a reference to Oedipus. His piece is unique among the commissioned works, since he used the material given to him mainly as a construction element of the costume and it is one of the few male outfits.

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Vassilis Barbarigos