During and after the Annual Meeting guided tours will be provided at the following museums and exhibitions:





Commencing with local traditional Greek dress in the 19th century and going on to European fashion, ‘BRIDES’ is an exhibition that includes wedding dresses from the end of the 19th century to the dawn of the 21st, and intends to showcase the variety of shapes and decorative motifs in bridal wear of that period, and through this variety, the particular social and experiential function of the wedding dress. From elegant and ornate wedding dresses at the close of the 19th century to the avant-garde creations of modern designers and eccentric appearances of brides in the 21st century, the creation of wedding apparel goes hand-in-hand with fashion trends in a very particular way, oftentimes drawing its inspiration from the shapes of the past or forecasting future fashion trends. The exhibition was on display at the Benaki Museum during spring 2014.


The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens is one of the most important public institutions in Greece, established in the early 20th century in order to collect, study, preserve and exhibit the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine cultural heritage in the Hellenic territory. The museum collection contains an important number (approximately 30,000) of works of art such as icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, jewelries and architectural elements (wall paintings and mosaics). The permanent exhibition is divided in two main parts: The first is devoted to Byzantium (4th -15th c. AD) and contains 1200 artifacts and the second entitled “From Byzantium to the modern era” presents 1500 artworks dating from the 15th to 20th century. Our visit will include a) a guided tour to the permanent collections with particular emphasis on the collection of vestments, b) museum storage and c) conservation laboratory.


From the multiform traditions of Greek women’s dress, this exhibition brings together over 40 superb originals from the 18th to the 20th century. They include the richly embroidered costume from Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, the astonishing assembly of fabrics, colours and jewelry from Stefanoviki in Thessaly, the sumptuously brocaded dress from Janina in Epirus as well as the wonderful and rarely exhibited costumes from Kymi in Euboea and from the tiny island of Psara. The exhibition also illustrates the interplay of native tradition and western aesthetic by displaying the court dress of the first queen of the independent Greek state, Amalia of Oldenburg and that of her successor at the end of the nineteenth century, Olga, the Russian-born consort of George I. These costumes represent a synthesis that is emblematic of 19th century nation building. Along with these costumes the exhibition displayed for the first time in public two original dolls from a series commissioned by Queen Olga to form a miniature gallery of local costumes. All but two of the costumes come from the superb collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplio. The other two are loan from the Benaki Museum of Athens and the dolls from the Lyceum Club of Greek Women in Athens. The exhibition was first presented at the Hellenic Centre in London in February 2014 in the memory of Koula Lemos. Curator: Ioanna Papantoniou. Designer: Stamatis Zannos


Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture is an Athens-based organization which implements innovative projects of contemporary visual culture, with particular emphasis on the human figure and costume. Since its foundation in 2003, Atopos cvc has organized and curated various projects in museums and venues all over the world, the exhibitions RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion and ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion being the most renowned. The participants of the 2014 ICOM Costume Committee Meeting will have the opportunity to view selected items of the Atopos Paper Fashion Collection as well as key pieces from the new British menswear talent Craig Green. Atopos' special installation for the day will consist of disposable dresses from the 1960s, rare Japanese clothes from the 18th and the 19th centuries, paper and paper-like creations by contemporary fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, Helmut Lang, Maison Martin Margiela, Walter Van Bereindonck and Hussein Chalayan.


The Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments is one of the Central Services of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, responsible for the conservation of mobile objects and monuments from state Museums and sites in Greece. DCAMM’s role focuses on promoting research in conservation, providing advice, personnel and equipment, when and where necessary, and also providing training in analysis and conservation. The textile conservation laboratory undertakes conservation work on historic and traditional costume, ecclesiastical dress and embroideries, flags, carpets, tapestries, furniture, coming from museums and collections around the country. The organic materials conservation laboratory undertakes conservation projects of mainly excavated objects of organic origin and archaeological textiles. During the visit examples of current projects of both labs will be presented.


The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a museum devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts. The museum was founded in 1993. Today the Museum’s permanent collection includes over 4.000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. The permanent collection is enriched with donations including jewelry and decorative arts from around the world.


The site of the old workshop at 6 Polyfimou Street houses the “Mentis Donation”, which includes the sum total of all the merchandise in storage, as well as the equipment of the MENTIS manufactory, one of the oldest workshop and commercial enterprises in the country in the field of fibre processing and production of passementerie (galloons, ornamental cords - piping, braids, fringes, tassels, brandebourg frogging, curtain tiebacks). For over one-and-a-half centuries, the products of MENTIS Ltd. decorated traditional costumes, theatrical costumes, clerical vestments and military uniforms, and creations of well-known couturiers in Greece and abroad. When the Mentis family was forced to close the business in 2011, the Benaki Museum accepted its generous offer, in order to create a space that will be a living workshop/museum.


The destefashioncollection was conceived by the DESTE Foundation as a novel approach to evaluating and interpreting fashion. Each year, the Foundation commissions an artist familiar with the fashion industry to reinterpret visually and/or verbally five inspiring designs from that year’s international fashion collections—the selected individual’s five related works then complete a capsule collection. The goal of the destefashioncollection is to create parallels between the actual objects and the interpretations, leading viewers to a deeper understanding of how fashion can be perceived by the experienced eye. A part of the destefashioncollection was presented in the iconic storefront windows of Barney’s, New York in June 2012. The destefashioncollection is presented for the first time in its entirety during an exhibition entitled “DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8” at the Benaki Museum on Pireos Street.

BENAKI MUSEUM (Main Building - The collections of Neo-Hellenic secular art)

The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece. The Main Building houses the Greek collections, illustrating the character of the Greek world from antiquity and the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period; from the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation to the outbreak of the struggle for independence in 1821; and from the formation of the modern state of Greece (1830) down to 1922, the year in which the Asia Minor disaster took place. Our visit will be limited to the collections of Neo-Hellenic secular art, part of which is the rich collection of traditional costumes from various areas of Greece.