We head to the Greek islands to talk design with women's wear creator Nadia Rapti.
How did you become involved in fashion design? I was always attracted to the world of fashion. At first, it was the colors and textures of the fabrics and the runway shows but as I was becoming more exposed and involved, I was amazed by the creativity of the designers and the influence they had over the public. It is very interesting how someone’s expression and taste may affect people's lives and attitude. So, I started by experimenting and remaking my own clothes and then I decided to take it seriously and study fashion design. After that, everything was and will continue to be a combination of continuous work, effort and development to give the best of me in an interesting but also jaded market.
What materials do you most like to work with? I don’t have boundaries on that. I like to experiment with many materials and compositions. Quality is of major importance to me and there are basic standards on the fabric selections but I like to combine materials and create unique details in order to give daring creations.
How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? Greece is a blessed place with unlimited beauty and contrasting elements but also a place with great history and art. The unique beauty and elegance of the Greek islands but also the wild nature of mainland country as well as the lines and details of our sculptures and monuments are mixed with the vibrant spirit of our people to give me the inspiration I am looking for.
What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? It's very hard to decide to interpret in fashion business, let alone to dare to follow your dream in a period characterized by financial instability. It requires persistence, focus, continuous hard work and development—but also experiment and innovation—in order to grow in such a competitive and continuous changing environment. So yes, my greatest professional accomplishment is the establishment and development of “NADIA RAPTI.”
What’s one thing people would never guess about you? That’s tough to say, you should probably ask a third person to answer that for me. Although, I have to admit, that I have a complex and contrasting personality which is challenging but at the same time very useful for my job because I always give you something you don’t expect and this is obvious in my creations.