Winner of the Gold Award and womenswear Award at London Graduate Fashion Week 2009
Myrto Stamou is a Paris based freelance fashion designer & illustrator. She dreamed about working in fashion since she was a child.
She started her studies of design in Athens, Greece, where she obtained her first degree before moving to the UK for a fashion design Bachelor degree at the University for the Creative Arts.
A Medway fashion student who beat off 300 other competitors had the chance to show her work in central London.
For her graduate collection she received the Gold Award and Womenswear Award at London Graduate Fashion Week 2009 as well as praising articles in Vogue UK, Elle UK and ID Magazine.
Former UCA fashion graduates include Zandra Rhodes and Karen Millen.
Moving later to Paris she worked as a designer for Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, John Galliano and Alexandre Vauthier before she decides to focus on her own career as fashion designer and illustrator.
Her drawings draw inspiration from art, travel and popular culture from past times.
Concentrating on the texture, volume and intricate detail her illustrations celebrate the style and beauty of the garment itself.
Her collections are elegant and beautiful and show a clear vision, her garments are creative and designed to be very wearable.
How you had the idea of your business?
I’ve been working for ten years as a designer, most of them in big fashion houses in Paris and I always felt a bit constrained in terms of liberty in time and creativity. So when the time came I decided to launch myself in freelancing which definitely gives me much more independence on many aspects. At the same time I get to work for many fashion houses at once, which is very exciting and challenging for a designer.
What are the important turning points in your life?
I must say I had a few turning points until now. I have kept challenging myself by moving to different cities and countries, for studies or for work, I have also tried building my own brand when I was just out of school, but I guess the biggest turning point in my life was moving to Paris to explore all the possibilities that this amazing city can offer to a designer.
What is your current state of mind?
Being more and more conscious about the environment and my impact on it and trying to reduce this as much as possible.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Winning the gold award and the womenswear award for my graduate collection at London Graduate Fashion week will always make me feel very proud of the big challenge that I took and the amazing way this was received.
What is your favorite occupation?
I love dancing, it’s so liberating.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother, she has always been an amazing role model for me since my very young age and until today.
What is your ultimate dislike?
What you wish for all the time?
Feeling fulfilled and happy
What do you expect from the future?
Probably way too many things
What is your favorite daily wear attire?
I love dresses, from day to night, a beautiful dress always adds to my confidence as a professional and also as a woman.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A book , ‘A Moveable Feast’ by Ernest Hemingway
What would be your super power?
What would be a good theme song for your life?
David Bowie ‘Let’s dance’
What would you name your boat if you had one?
What inspires you?
Art in general, street style, folklore, travelling
You pick Freedom or Security?
What’s your spirit animal?
The horse symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom, physical strength and vitality. Among all the spirit animals, it is one that shows a strong motivation that carries on through life.
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