Schiaparelli’s out-of-this world Spring 2022 Couture Collection was a blast off to an uncharted and futuristic planet

                                             Photos Courtesy of Schiaparelli

Since 2019 , when the House of Schiaparelli appointed Daniel Roseberry as artistic director , his creations draw the attention of the fashion crowd with numerous magazine covers , dithyrambic reviews and memorable red carpet appearances . But it wasn’t until Monday the 24th of January , where the designer kicked off the Paris Haute Couture Week , that he held his first live show for the house . When the collection , called an ” An Age of Discipline ” , began to unfold in front of the audience aroused ecstatic feelings and it was just the begining of an intergalactic journey to the Schiaparelli planet . The deliberate use of a-three-coloured pallet , black , white and the characteristic gold of the fashion house , in addition with the minimal lines left space for spectacular ornaments , sculptured jewelleries and accessories .

The subtraction of volumes and the lack of colour was anything but uninspired , the models were orbiting in an inventive brand new universe borrowing the rings of Saturn . The woman in this collection was a peculiar amalgam of the ancient times , like Egypt and ancient Greece , and the extraterrestial futuristic vision . She once was a priestess or a Catholic nun , obvious references like crosses and headpieces made their appearance , kidnapped by the aliens to a-time-machine journey only to came back as Medusa , other times as a goddess or a hybrid of fictional and earthy creature . Haute Couture finds here its best expression , elegant silk dresses , velvet pants and organza garments imbued with engineering skills , accompanied by fine-arted equipment . This collection could grab you from the hand , yes those astonishing golden-sculptered coral-like hands , to a fashion realm no one ever touched down before .

Nonetheless inspiration was not limited to the aforementioned , as Mariacarla Boscono were slowly walking like a fountain which were gushing gold , felt like the monumental moment when Duchamp inserted his ready-mades to the artworld .To continue the baguettes made of gold , the conical busters , the radial crown and the jaw-dropping golden moulded nose accessory linked to the engagement of Schiaparelli and Surrealism . But what left the A-list guests speechless was a golden-head carried as a bag , an apparent reminiscent of Contsantin Brancusi’s ” Sleeping Muse ” .

The collection boasted elegance , where the contribution of the otherworldly elements harmonized with the artisanal tailored clothes and the yet-daring shapes did not annul the sophisticated craftsmanship used . “We kept saying ‘Planet Schiaparelli’: I wanted to do something that looked totally unlike anybody else. Nothing else should look like this.” , Roseberry said . Like the dearly departed Thierry Mugler , Daniel Roseberry breaks the mould by following his instinct which leads him to an uncharted endless galaxy of creativity .

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2022

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“I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain” Photo shooting in the bath

To complete the following photo shooting it wasn’t that easy,I had to stay in the water for almost two hours while the temperature was dropping down and beside this I had to change three outfits inside the bath.

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Both me and my photographer Panagiotis Kadigkos belong to the water element,my star sign is Cancer and his is Pisces,so we love photo shootings in the water,or close to lakes,rivers and sea.

Water is life,it’s the first environment we experience as a foetus and according to Darwin and his theories of evolution life originated on land(and not in the ocean) but in a warm little pond,thus aqua brought in life every single living organism.

Although our approach is more fashionably and influenced by Love Magazine issue 9 from Spring/Summer 2013,hosting Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne as its covers,we accomplished it with all the respect and gratitude to the water element.

“You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter”

Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,

you look like a world, lying in surrender.”

Body of a woman,Pablo Neruda
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Time it took us
To where the water was
That’s what the water gave me
And time goes quicker
Between the two of us
Oh, my love, don’t forsake me
Take what the water gave me”

Florence +The Machine,What the water gave me

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“It’s in the water baby

It’s between you and me.”

Post Blue,Placebo
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“And your blue – is my blue – And my blue – is yours too

Your rain is wine I wish that you could say the same bout mine”

Good Job Nicky,Blue
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of my woman, I will persist in your grace.

My thirst, my boundless desire, my shifting road!

Dark river-beds where the eternal thirst flows…

Body of a Woman,Pablo Neruda
Purple Rain,Prince

Purple rain,purple rain Purple rain, purple rain Purple rain,purple rain

I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

Prince,Purple Rain

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Some Backstage

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

We are not here to go mainstream,we are here to push the boundaries,to leave our mark and not to follow the safe road.More exciting things are about to be published!

Photographer: Panagiotis Kadigkos

Starring: Eleni Kadigkou

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Lana Del Rey unveiled music video for “Chemtrails over the country club”,a song of her upcoming album with the same name

snapshot from Lana Del Rey’s videoclip

On January 11th Lana Del Rey shared online her new video clip for “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”,after the delay related to Covid-19,and gave her fans a glimpse on her upcoming 7th in a row music album.The album will finally be released on March 19.On Sunday Land also revealed the cover of the album and the track list on Instagram.

The cover of the upcoming album from Lana Del Rey’s Instagram

The aesthetic of the cover is a mixture of 50’s style with a sense of Gatsby 20’s era.

The Tracklist of the album

1.White Dress
2. Chemtrails Over the Country Club
3. Tulsa Jesus Freak
4. Let Me Love You Like a Woman
5. Wild at Heart
6. Dark But Just a Game
7. Not All Who Wander Are Lost
8. Yosemite
9. Breaking Up Slowly
10. Dance Till We Die
11. For Free (Joni Mitchell Cover)

In her new clip Lana Del Rey offers her particular aesthetic,as we have also seen on her previous cover albums and videos,the America feeling of the past decades and her love for vintage cars.In “Chemtrails over the Country Club” she drives a cherry red vintage Mercedes convertible so carefree,although she wears a crystal mesh face mask which Del Rey was criticized for wearing around fans(after the ballyhoo she stated that there was a protective plastic layer behind the mask).

In the video clip her best friends from real life also participating,Lana meets them and they have fun in the swimming pool and around the Country club wearing their pearls.But suddenly while she is driving a tornado like the one in Wizard of Oz film strikes and the scenery starting turning wild.

scene from the Wizard of Oz movie 1939

Lana and her friends turn into werewolves,while they lavish their wild instincts and a darker side of themselves.The scenery has also changed,they are in the middle of the night,not on the country club but in a forest,while the moon is full and they howling to it.The reference is clear,Lana and most of her best friends belong to the sign of Cancer(same as mine) and Cancer’s planet ruler is the moon.In the lyrics she sings “Baby, what’s your sign?
My moon’s in Leo, my Cancer is sun”.

I am not going to discuss the ballyhoo after the release and Lana statements about her circle of friends.She has been criticized once again,but if you have studied her thoroughly,watch her steps,read her lyrics and poems and have a clear image of her aesthetic and personality as I do you don’t need to be confused with the controversies on her video clip neither from the comments she made.Anyway Lana is for those who really “get her” and hopefully I am one of those.Let’s stick to her enchanting aesthetics,her beautiful lyrics and her delightful song.

Lyrics from Brooklyn babe song,Lana Del Rey

Well, I don’t care what they think
Drag racing my little red sports car
I’m not unhinged or unhappy, I’m just wild

I’m on the run with you, my sweet love
There’s nothing wrong contemplating God
Under the chemtrails over the country club
We’re in our jewels in the swimming pool
Me and my sister just playing it cool
Under the chemtrails over the country club

Lyrics from “Chemtrails over the Country Club”

The album was set to release in 2020 but due to pandemic related matters it was delayed.In October Lana dropped another track from the upcoming Album “Let me Love you Like a Woman” .

In September also she dropped her first book of poems,Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass available here.

Late night TV, I want you on me

Like when we were kids under chemtrails and country clubs

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter

Watching the chemtrails over the country club

Those were the latest news on Lana Del Rey’s music,until the release of the full album.She has been on my periscope from her first years and I really love and “tune in” to her aesthetic of America of the past decades with the contemporary essence,and her lyristic approach romantic and at the same time slang and a mixture of rap culture.Soon I will publish an article on some of my favourite lyrics,quotes and poems of her.Stay tuned!

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

A special photoshooting edition for NOMAS,Moscow Issue

I would like to thank Lina Stefanou for sending me as a gift the Moscow issue of Nomas Magazine with my order of Nomas 13,as their first reader from the region of Kilkis,Greece.Me and my collaborator and photographer,Panos Kadigkos,conceived the idea and the concept of an honorary photoshooting.I had to surpass one of my biggest fears,that of a fire, but we managed to accomplish it.

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

Photo Panos Kadigkos

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

And some photos from the Backstage

You can shop the issue here.

Hope that you will find interesting our approach !

Photographer:Panos Kadigkos

Model:Eleni Kadigkou

Art direction Panos Kadikgos and Eleni Kadigkou.

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What does it mean to Be a woman today ? A video directed and written by Ainsley Hutchence ans produced by sticks and stones agency .

On November 8th the Sticks and Stones agency released a video titled we are woman , written and directed by the curator of the magazine Ainsley Hutchence . My very first thought it was to share it with you because we are woman and we should empower and support each other , we deserve respect and equality .

Here I quote Ainsley Hutchence’s words on the video she created :”This woman army is made up of my incredible boss friends here in QLD, Australia and not paid models.More diversity would of course been wonderful.This video is speaking from my own experiences.Being a woman these days means we can take all different paths and definitely does not need to include having babies.This is a simply reminder that women bring life into the world.Woman who chose not to or cannot have babies deserve the same respect!EQUALITY!”

Sticks and Stones agency on Instagram

Video also available on Youtube

We are women. We are women. We are not birds. We are not chicks. We are not pigs or cows or dogs or any kind of farm animal. We are not bitches or nags or psycho, or hysterical. We are not bimbos or slags or tramps or sluts or tarts or whores or cougars. We are sisters & we daughters. We grow up in a world that teaches us that being nice & polite is more important than having a voice & a point of view.

We learn to listen more than to speak, to compromise & agree more than to argue. We learn that we add value to this world through the way that we look .And are expected to live by the impossible beauty handbook. One that relentlessly reminds us for the rest of our lives, our value in this world is measured by our looks, not our drive. One day we notice blood in our underwear, and for the next 40 years we will learn how to surrender, to the cramps, sore breasts, fatigue, headaches, bleeding, Joint & muscle pain, anxiety, acne outbreaks. abdominal bloating, food cravings, constipation & diarrhoea, at the same time. Can someone please explain how you can be constipated & have diarrhoea at the same time?

Sensitivity to light, hot flushes, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep. Yet we turn up to work as if nothing. We attract the wrong attention. We are taught rape prevention instead of consent “don’t get raped”. We police girls’ behaviour so that they don’t get harmed, and blame girls for “leading boys on”, its just your natural charm. “Boys will be boys” we say. We are exhausted. I mean, the fact that we even have to protest this shit!!! “No” does not mean “convince me”. These boots, this outfit does not mean I’m asking for it. We are scared. We move in packs because it’s safer. We make weapons with our keys as we walk to the car at night & check the back seat. We are harassed when we go to the club, the bar, the gym, to work, the fish & chip store, anywhere at night, the beach, the pool, online, walk past a fucking construction site.

One day we stop bleeding. We become mothers. We give up all the food & drinks we love & grow a new organ. In fact, our whole body changes like a fucking transformer. We give birth & experience pain & love which before now was unheard of. We are amazing employees, but we don’t get paid the same. We don’t get promoted because we might give birth again. We tire of navigating the patriarchy & cut our losses.

We start our own businesses, so we can be the bosses. People are shocked when we reach the top, but that’s not because we are less capable. It’s because we live in a world that was set up for men, where men can succeed & lead & women should support them. So yeah, when we make it we deserve a fucking parade. Look at all the shit we dealt with along the way. We are goddman mother fucking superheroes. And since the power is not given to us, We’re gonna take.

Hope that you find it interesting and important as me . We are here to share what inspire us and soon we will discuss and present more articles about social issues.Anticipating for you to react and send me your feedback and your thoughts on the video.

You can check the magazine website Sticks and Stones Agency and follow then on Instagram here and the curator Ainsley Hutchence .

Till next time

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Jenny Saville’s exhibiton “Elpis” at Gagosian draws inspiration from Greek mythology , look how we reply

Only Elpis [Hope] was left within her unbreakable house,
she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not
fly away. Before [she could], Pandora replaced the
lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing
Zeus the Cloudgatherer.
—Hesiod, Works and Days

Gagosian’s New York gallery reopened on November 12th 2020 after the pandemic-related shutdown in March displaying a not at all incidental exhibition but an extremely relevant .Jenny Saville’s exhibition titled “Elpis” stands for Hope in Greek and finds its roots at the ancient Greek poet Hesiod and its poem Work and days related to the myth of Pandora .

JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian

During her career the viewer has encountered clear references on Greek mythology . Her oeuvre draws inspiration from archaic Greek and classical sculptures , and how it couldn’t ? Jenny Saville is known for her large-scale painted depictions of nude bodies especially obese women whereas her radical techniques challenged the art world , and many times on her work we encounter the ambiguity of gender .

JENNY SAVILLE
Virtual, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 63 in
200 x 160 cm
© Jenny Saville
Courtesy Gagosian

Her contribution to the contemporary figurative painting is pivotal , such as Egon Schiele was in the early 20th century . Back on 2014 Kunsthaus Zurich presented an exhibition displaying artworks of both of them , it was a dialogue among two artists who pay homage to the human body , they have a unique way of depicting it but also self-portray themselves quite often . In that exhibition paintings were imbued with eroticism , distinctive characteristic of both of their paintings . Jenny has been asked in an interview about that matter and declared the following :”It has become more and more important, I would say. Instead of erotic in a sexual sense, I would say erotic in a life force or drive.”

But on “Elpis” Saville forget for a while the bodies and focusing on portraying faces . A visit to Moscow , had her fascinated by people’s faces there , with no hesitation she booked a studio there and worked with photographs of the models she found more appropriate for this project .The vivid colour palette and the brushstrokes , the childish-like depiction of the faces , the innocence and the hope are so evident on the eyes of her portraits . You can profoundly feel that optimism and the gaze on the bright future .

JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian

The first painting I saw from the exhibition was Second Nature , 2020 and it literally hit me and blew my mind . Along with my collaborator photographer who has also drawing and painting skills we addressed the project of depict Jenny Saville’s work .He painted my face , took pictures and edited them . The result may seems not so close to her artworks but we wanted to make an ode to her astonishing work and pay homage to that woman , who is a living legend.

Images and painting Panagiotis Kadigkos

Images and painting Panagiotis Kadigkos

The exhibition will remain open until 22nd of December at Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Avenue
New York, ny 10075

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Butt lift workout , the ultimate way to hit the top

Hey there ! If you happened to be in a lockdown mode and miss your gym or any kind of training you used to do , we are here to suggest you some exercises to give a lift and a-look-alike bubble butt .

Does it take a long way “to the top” ? Well , the answer depends on your current physical condition . But trust me once you add the following exercises on a weekly routine , you can never go wrong . Even if your relationship with gymnastic seems bad you can always make up with her. There is no magic trick to change your body , but once you set a realistic and approachable goal it’s on your hand to focus on it .No more lazy days and excuses , you can have the body of your dreams by following the steps below . A balanced diet would be a plus in order to achieve the aim you have set .

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

Concerning my personal fitness routine I try to workout almost everyday . After a pause of months I begun exercising again back on March with 20 to 30 minutes 4 times a week but lately I workout at least 5 times per week 1hour +15minutes to 2 hours a day . I understand that may seems hard , but that used to be my normality few years ago when I had the physical condition and the body posture of my dreams . With Covid-19 many of us had to amend our workout routine , but we are in 2020 and everything is possible there are countless of free online programs and videos to watch , you can always take advantage of outdoors activity and the most important you can trust the specialists and have an online personal trainer who will focus and work with you upon your needs .I switch between running , cycling , ballet workout , yoga ,pilates , jumping rope ,dancing ,aerobic ,cardio and etc. As you have already known there are plenty of choices to pick out accordingly to your preferences . Slowly , slowly I regained my strength but to retain a good physical condition is an ongoing progress .

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

Athleisure set by PCP clothing , you can follow on instagram too

The following exercises that will be featured come from Sophie Kinalopoulou , a beautiful friend of mine but beside that an educated woman . Sophie is an advanced health and exercise specialist and an online coach (long before the lockdowns ,she is ahead of her time ) . Soon an interview and a more detailed article about her and her work on Escape Karma . Follow her on instagram , for more ideas on exercising and healthy meals :Sophiekinal

Here two of her sets on Booty Activation ,Part1 and Part2 , which I swear by them !

Part 1

Another quick and easy workout for bubble butt is the following one I discovered on youtube during the quarantine days .

Daisy Keech youtube channel

You can follow Daisy Keech on instagram

Additionally you can search and download images like the one below to take a quick look and do some reps during the day .

Enough said it’s time to act ! Leave your couches and make your body sweat .In the end who is going to be grateful with the result other than yourself ? Waiting for your suggestions and your results . Don’t hesitate !

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Tips for beautiful and hydrated hands during the winter time

During the winter time the cold weather , the windy days and especially the temperature fluctuations , (using warm water and then be exposed to the cold ) are the usual suspects for dry and rough hands . Also we are amid a pandemic and COVID-19 changed some of our habits ,lately we have been using hand sanitizer exceedingly which of course it’s life saving but its antiseptic effect exacerbates the dryness . Today I will share with you some of my remedies and tips in order to keep our hands beautiful and hydrated when the weather turns bad .

Exfoliation is the key word . When your hands are suffering using a balsam or a cream is not enough to heal them . There are plenty of scrubs for the whole body and also specialized for the hands but you can have your diy with simple materials from your kitchen . You will need brown sugar and coconut oil (Bio if it’s possible ) .

DIY Scrub

  • 3 tablespoon Bio coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

Combine the two ingredients in one bowl mix them good , spread it on the surface of your hands and rub gently .Wash your hands and then treat them with your favourite hand cream . Also you can use a brush like the one in the photos to do dry brushing and remove all the dead skin cells but I don’t recommend it if your hands are in a bad condition .Another great tip that I kept it from my grandmother is to use lemon , take one ,cut it on the half and right away rub down the problematic areas . For SOS occasions you can try an overnight treatment , you can choose between the ones that you can find on the markets ,package with gloves and balm, or you can make your own , simply combine olive oil and lemon spread it on your hands and then wear cotton gloves over night .

Currently I am using this hand cream from Apivita and I am quite satisfied . Last two tips , I also use this wild rose face oil occasionally from Korres in order to keep the surface of the hands young , and I never leave home without my gloves .

Hope you will find useful my suggestions and tips for the hands . Another article for how to keep them young and spotless will follow , plus when we return to normality we will have also nail related themes . Waiting for your advices and don’t hesitate to contact me . Till next time !

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

celery juice , have you tried this nutriotinal trend yet ?

First of all , let me say this just because I added on my morning ritual doesn’t mean I follow blindly this trend or that I claim that the juice is a miraculous one and has the ability to heal chronic diseases .Fruits and vegetables have been added on my diet for many years now but it was around 2 or 3 years ago that I tried celery on my smoothies beside the common use , soups ,salads and etc . But this is a different one , we are talking about plain , fresh 100% celery juice (to be honest I add a few drops of lemon sometimes ) .

Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

But how did it turned to be a huge nutritional trend ? Celery juice gain popularity through Anthony’s William book Celery Juice :The most powerful medicine of our time healing ,who’s not a doctor or a nutritionist , but many celebrities , thousands of people in the US and around the globe and as well Gwyneth Paltrow ( featuring Anthony on her website Goop )swear by it . I am not here to mislead and especially when concerning to medical issues neither I am the kind of the person who follows the herd . I only wish to share my own experience and the to do steps in case you are willing to give it a try too .

I won’t insist on nutritional information and composition of the vegetable but I have to mention some of the benefits that provide . Have you ever noticed that celery looks alike human bones ?

Actually beside the appearance, they have another thing in common – they contain 23% sodium, just like our bones . Celery is a great source of silicon which helps with the structure of our bones to keep them strong and healthy. Furthermore celery has an alkalizing effect ,with minerals like magnesium, iron, and sodium, celery can have a neutralizing effect on acidic foods and helps to balance our PH . Also its anti-inflammatory effect is ideal to use celery juice for detoxifying our liver and heal our gut .

Lastly celery contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists the vascular system. This helps the blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream .The sodium in celery also maintains the fluidity of the blood and lymph fluids, preventing them from becoming too thick. For more information you can check thoroughly on medical and nutritional website , books and researches .

Before we continue to the making process allow me to share my personal experience and the reason I added on my morning ritual . Have been suffering from abdominal bloating effect , my stomach ,even if I follow a healthy diet, isn’t working right plus I have some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome . That means that the past few years in the morning time the first think I do is to drink something like warm water with lemon and turmeric or do a juice cleanse program in order to aid digestion and for 30 minutes after that I don’t eat or drink something else . Alongside I do studies to be a sommelier and also I ‘ve got a certification in spirits , part of the training is the tasting although you don’t have to drink all of them (!!!) but I like wine so sometimes I feel the need to detoxifying my liver cause generally my diet is quite balanced .

What I’ve noticed so far are the following :

  • My digestion works better not all but most of the days that I drink the juice
  • My skin looks a lot better and clean , especially the eye area (puffiness and dark circles )
  • My energy levels are getting higher and the effect of fatigue is lower than ever ( to mention also the interval of 30 minutes that I have to wait before breakfast I reclaim it and go for running )

 Recipe

1 head of celery, stalks separated

  • Rinse the celery ,chop the stalks and run it through a juicer.
  • Drink immediately.
  • Alternatively, you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain and drink immediately.
  • Then wait from 15 to 30 minutes until you have breakfast or coffee .
Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos
Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

That was all for this time . I don’t recommend Celery juice as a remedy for chronic diseases but after all its hydrating and vegetables are rich on nutritional value . If you have already tried it feel free to share your story otherwise if you are willing to share your feedback anytime .

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

in which era do you prefer to have lived ?

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty ” ,

Rudyard Kipling

Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

My response to the question of the title is the era we are going through ; but I am fortunate to have the opportunity to transform ,through the photo shootings we provide with my collaborator , cousin and photographer , into characters of all times .

We are on the firsts days of the general Lockdown , happened on the November , in our country Greece and we have just reunite with my collaborator . Starting discussing about what we should shoot next and he proposed to depict a classical painting . Then the idea pop-uped in my brain , did a quick research and a Lavinia’s Fontana painting caught my attention .

Her pale face and her red hair resembling to mine were the crucial element in order to end up with this choice , but her posture and sight were flaunted dominance and certainty of a woman living around the 16th century , so I wanted to empower women of all the eras .

The idea immediately adjusted to our project and soon we were addressing the clothes , the hair and the whole scenery .

The painting responds to the art movement of mannerism ,also known as a Late Renaissance ,a style which emerged in the later years of High Renaissance , around the 1520 till the end of the 16th century in Italy .Notable names to be mentioned ,except Lavinia Fontana ,are El Greco and Giuseppe Arcimboldo .The colour pallet of the artwork is much brighter than our final result , firstly because of the light and the scenery that was available that time and secondly our version is according to our aesthetics .

Nevertheless , the painting was the trigger point for accomplishing this shooting and pay homage to women of the past ,of the present and the future .Something similar did the Museo del Prado the past October , in the context of the celebration of its Bicentenary , presented an exhibition called “A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana” honouring the female artists of the second half of 16th century .Lavinia is considered to be the first professional female artist while Sofonisba was born to an aristocratic family and she never received fee for her services .

To sum it , up we gave a twist on a late renaissance painting ,but what I would like you to keep is that women were never the fairer sex . Women are strong by their nature , they have opinion ,they are political , sentimental ,creative ,innovators ; you can distinguish it by their imposing presence and their sight , by the way they think and act .

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Model : Eleni Kadigkou

Featuring Shirt : Rococo