Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier wore a t-shirt with the Greek flag and threw an embroidered cape from a Tsolias* uniform over his shoulders to show his love for Greece. Gaultier came to Athens to support the Benaki Museum raising funds.
“Through my collaboration with the Benaki Museum, I hope to help the museum and to enrich my soul,” the famous fashion designer said during a press conference to local media.
"Από τη συνεργασία μου με το Μουσείο Μπενάκη προσδοκώ να το στηρίξω και να πλουτίσω την ψυχή μου"
"Through my collaboration with the Benaki Museum, I hope to help the museum and to enrich my soul." #JeanPaulGaultier
Photo by Mara Desipris pic.twitter.com/9xSsSSdy2G
— The Benaki Museum (@TheBenakiMuseum) November 27, 2017
Jean Paul Gaultier chose a retrospective presentation of his collection “Tribute to Greece. For the fundraising event, participants – mostly Greek celebrities – had to pay 1,000 euros to attend the event.
“It is my honor because Greece is part of my life and this collection is my work and the only way to reward the inspiration that Benaki and Greece have given me,” he told reporters.
Jean Paul Gaultier has always praised Greece for “it has has always been an inspiration for me: the light, the sky, the islands, the sea, the people… I have a profound respect for your culture and the contribution you have made to humanity.”
From April 24 to November 19, The Benaki Museum exhibited an haute couture creation “Paris-Athens” from Gaultier’s collection “Tribute to Greece”, Spring-Summer 2006.
On its instagram account the Benaki Museum said that the Greek Flag t-shirts will be soon available to purchase.
*Tsolias or Eyzones wear the uniform of the Greeks who fought against the Ottoman occupation in the 19th century.