Elodie​ ​Karkafiris

Kastoria Summer School Participant 2017

About myself:
My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Elodie​ ​Karkafiris.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​France​ ​in​ ​1994.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​half​ ​French,​ ​half​ ​Greek. I​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Normandy​ ​(France). I took my A – Level in science in France. Then, I moved to Greece to study fashion​ ​design​ ​in​ ​AKTO​ ​College​ ​(Thessaloniki). 

During my AKTO’s years (2012-2015), in my collections, from ready-to-wear to high fashion, I was​ ​passionate ​to​ ​think​ ​about​ ​the​ ​smallest​ ​details,​ ​including new​ ​technologies​ ​&​ ​sporty​ ​elements. Identity​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​garment​ ​but​ ​behind,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​personality. For me, it’s all about feelings, freedom, freshness, contrasts and balance. I like to play with architectural,​ ​linear,​ ​origami​ ​shapes​ ​and​ ​free​ ​lines.

What was your inspiration to go into fashion?:

From my young age, I have developed an artistic mind and I was always attracted by details in any kind of art. I started to design and create jewels when I was very young. Then, I learned how to create clothes with my grand-mother. As often as I could, I was going to visit her to learn how to​ ​use​ ​her​ ​golden​ ​and​ ​vintage​ ​sewing​ ​machine. When I was 17 years old, my sister decided to launch a casual brand (FLK CLOTHES). I always worked with her in this project. By our different studies, activities and jobs, we complete each other​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​still​ ​expanding​ ​gradually​ ​the​ ​brand. 

Scholarships/awards:

During my AKTO’s years (2012-2015), in my collections, from ready-to-wear to high fashion, I was​ ​passionate ​to​ ​think​ ​about​ ​the​ ​smallest​ ​details,​ ​including new​ ​technologies​ ​&​ ​sporty​ ​elements. Identity​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​garment​ ​but​ ​behind,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​personality. For me, it’s all about feelings, freedom, freshness, contrasts and balance. I like to play with architectural,​ ​linear,​ ​origami​ ​shapes​ ​and​ ​free​ ​lines. 



In 2013, I took the 3rd place at the Greek Young Designer’s competition organised by the Hellenic Association of Furriers (HAF). It allowed me to go for a week at Studio NAFA (Canada) to learn more​ ​about​ ​fur.​ ​There,​ ​I​ ​understood​ ​that​ ​I​ ​like​ ​this​ ​precious​ ​material. 



In 2016, I won the Past Winners competition organised by the HAF. It allowed me to go during a week in Kastoria at ESTEL Furs to exhibit my outfit. I always admire greek hospitality and the heritage of this industry. “Lily” opened the fur gala show in Athens. It was an unforgettable experience​ ​to​ ​see​ ​my​ ​creation​ ​walking,​ ​living & ​breathing.

Before those fur experiences, I couldn’t imagine that such a vibrant industry exists in such a small area of western​ ​Greece. 


Fur adds life to the garment only with the natural body movement. 


It’s something precious, delicate and full of feelings, talking from itself like a feather falling. I like to create around the female​ ​body,​ ​feeling​ ​the​ ​movement,​ ​the​ ​right​ ​balance. I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​give​ ​happiness​ ​in​ ​daily​ ​life​ to ​customers​ that wear ​my​ ​creations.
Between 2016-2017 I had working experiences in the fur industry in Kastoria (Greece) but also in​ ​the​ ​clothing​ ​industry​ ​in​ ​Thessaloniki​ ​(Greece). 



From my first experience in 2013 in the fur industry, I had the opportunity to participate to several workshops. And the last one was this year – in 2017 – at the Fur Summer School of Kastoria and Siatista. This workshop was complete and an amazing human experience. Being with students, professionals and artists from all over the world is not something common. Due to this, I gained more skills by seeing different way of work with people from all over the world, only​ ​passionated​ ​and​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​work​ ​hard​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fur​ ​industry.


“When​ ​love​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​work​ ​together,​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a​ ​masterpiece”​

V.​ ​Kardasis.
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