A stunning fashion showThe Greek School of Plato presented traditional costumes from different parts of Greece on November 20, Brooklyn.
Christina Mastorakis (student), VasilikiChristakou, Nikoletta Tzanas. Nikoletta Kkinou. Stavroula. Theodoratou. Arietta Stoupakis. Maria Karounos.
“This is an original fashion show full of tradition, color, and history that aims to highlight the special characteristics of each region of Greece,”The National Herald spoke with Petros Fourniotis (school principal, event organizer),
He also added: “The costumes used in the show are from my personal collection, original and some exact copies. Traditional costume is perhaps the most important expression of folk art and one of the main ways of expressing the peculiarities of people. Through its study we can distinguish ways of living, social practices, cultural perceptions, but also historical changes.”
Parents’ Association President Theodora Mastorakis thanked the guests who honored the event with their presence and congratulated the students for the excellent presentation.
Evangelia Athinaiou wore a traditional Vlach dress that her mother, Ourania Grimba, had made for her.
She said: “On October 27, I lost my mother, a very creative person with a great love for traditions. She was an avid sewer since her youth in Tyrnavos. She continued practicing art after we immigrated to New Jersey, in 1971. She has made numerous priestly vestments for all levels, as well as traditional costumes from all of Greece.
“I considered it my duty to present at the Plato school event one of her costumes to honor her memory,”Athinaiou said more. “If she was here today, she would feel great joy and pride to see the young children presenting traditional costumes with such pride.
“I wish the new generation of the Greek Diaspora to embrace the traditions and the arts because they are the treasure of our Greece that no conqueror can take from us. How emotional she would be with the presence here of our historic newspaper, the National Herald, the newspaper that she considered a member of our family and read uninterruptedly every day for decades. Even in the hospital bed, a few hours before her death, she was reading the National Herald.”
The teacher Dionysia Alexandropoulou – Di Meo presented the event and the history behind the traditional costumes.
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