MARIA ARISTIDOU: Labyrinth
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February 2, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Maria Aristidou
Paris France – This season the Greek designer Maria Aristidou introduces us to the atelier work of her demi-couture line. She has titled her collection “Labyrinth” in direct homage to a page from Greek mythology.
A labyrinth is defined as “a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.” Generally speaking it is a complex and elaborate structure. However in mythology, the artificer Daedalus and his son Icarus built the first labyrinth at Knossos for the King Minos of Crete in order to contain the mythical half man, half bull creature known as the Minotaur. And it is where the Greek her Theseus — one of the greatest heroes of Greek literature — slayed the blood-thirsty creature.
What many may not know is that the Minotaur is from a royal and very vengeful bloodline. Afterall his first cousins are the Greek Queen known as Phaedra and the scorned Princess Madea, who is of course the most dangerous femme fatale of literary compositions !
Maria Aristidou has taken in this cultural heritage of mythology and transfigured it into the physical forms we find in her new collection for Spring/Summer 2017. Her metallic yarns are used in the knitwear. It is used to create tiered dresses which symbolize the layered journey that lay before Theseus before he killed the Minotaur. These pieces are regal in their own right and feminize women with no effort needed. The designer keeps the woman’s back open and the cuts are made sensual as they reveal erotic zones such as the neck before plunging towards the bosom! Yet at the same time Aristidou makes time to dress women exquisitely too for her needs of the day. But the true beauty of her work is that EACH PIECE IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND.