central saint martins http://www.elenikyriacou.com LONDON, United Kingdom
The design concept is central to Eleni Kyriacou's work. She aims to translate the essence of the design concept into fashion through innovative use of textile and form. She is characterised through her sensitivity and originality in her use of texture. She believes in creating inventive garments that are also wearable.

Eleni Kyriacou launched her womenswear label in October 2011. She has since created six ready to wear collections. She participated in Paris Fashion Week for SS14 and AW14-15, for which she received support from The UKFT (UK Fashion and Textile Association) and The UKTI (UK Trade and Investment). In 2013 she was selected by the mobile accessories brand Keka Case to design a collection of casing for mobile telephones, Ipads and Kindles. Marie-Claire France has described Eleni Kyriacou's work as: ‘Ultra-structural whilst maintaining an apparent fluidity’.

Eleni Kyriacou originally studied architecture at The Bartlett, UCL and textile design at Central Saint Martin’s, where she won a prize for best design for sustainability. She also apprenticed for the late Alexander Mcqueen. Eleni is based between London and Athens, working in studios in both.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Collection Concept

The Northern Lights Siren is inspired by the miraculous phenomenon of the aurora borealis. The collection seeks to emulate the sense of veiled, sinuous, drifting movement of the natural light display through the use of a dazzling colour palette directly inspired by aurora borealis imagery. The light displays consist of misty blocks of light, swirls, rings, streaks, layered and juxtaposing areas of varying shape and coloured light, including: lime and neon yellow-greens, magenta reds, pinks, deep blues, aqua blues and cream.

This is translated into light fabrics that amplify movement: opaque silk cotton satins, transparent chiffons and fluorescent georgette. The theme is echoed by collaging fabrics, and also layering them to create two-tone effects and fluorescent highlights as the neon yellow georgette is revealed as one colour flutters over the next in movement creating a sense of fluidity. The silhouettes are loose fitted and layered to create movement with detailing to create the highlights and climaxes in colour and texture as is seen in the northern lights. Rubber trimmings have been used to create a textural contrast to the floating fabrics. The plastic's translucent quality is set against the skin or fabric as it is applied over neckline, shoulder line and backline.

The Northern Lights Siren was launched in September 2013 at Zip Zone, Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2014 ready to wear.