MOX NOX: Gothic Fairy Tales In Athens, Greece

published in: Fashion, Photography By Despina Pavlaki, 23 February 2013

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He said he would come back
Pearl Necklace with big Crystal: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Noelle Kondylatou / Hat: Mad Dollies Rag house / Dress: Vassilis Emanuel Zoulias couture / Belt: Celebrity Skin / Gloves: private collection / Make-up: Giorgos Fytas for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

Pericles Kondylatos likes to defy gravity. In fact, he likes to defy anyone who has ever told him he couldn’t turn doll heads, chandelier fragments, religious icons and other voluminous vintage finds into wearable art. Delivering a lesson in decadent styling, Kondylatos assembled a dream-team of Greek fashion designers, paired them with a Polish-born photographer sporting a complicated past and a Greek-tinged surname and produced a breathtaking series of images that could be perceived as his own version of crisis management: If you still don’t know how to deal with the Greek credit crunch, the best way to do it is head on; preferably dripping in jewels!

The lizard girl
Baby doll head Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Dianna Himmeris  (VN Models) / Dress: Miltos / Make-up: Yiannis Marketakis - Make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

Sylwia Makris, a sculptor-turned-photographer best known for inhabiting the twilight space between the classical and the supernatural, put a gothic patina on faces and places, adding a veil of mystery to this exquisitely staged photo shoot. Almost as if they’re on a break from Dante’s Inferno, these shady characters don’t really come from the depths of hell. They’re just wandering the decadent corridors of ‘Faust’, a downtown Athens club so alluring it could even woo a priest into its alcohol-infused womb, ready to go forth and conquer the night.

Kondylatos has created an atmosphere of permanent twilight, merging medieval influences with the ravaged beauty of a bloodthirsty vampire and the shameless exhibitionism of a seasoned burlesque performer. Dita Von Teese and Count Dracula merge in the models’ luminous skin and smoky eyes, accentuated by sculptural bird’s nest updos or backswept hair, hidden under severe top hats. But there’s one element that keeps their otherworldly beauty grounded: Kondylatos’ scandalously over-the-top necklaces.  Draped over pale necks and luminous Greek couture, each piece tells a story: some combine doll parts with local flora and fauna, immediately conjuring up images of little girls lost in the woods, while others dig deep into tradition, pairing Greek orthodox icons with silver votives, mixing piousness and sin. Makris’ sharp sense of color and ability to capture emotion create an immediate connection between viewer and subject, drawing you deep into her hallucinatory universe where nothing is as it seems.

The enchanted princess
Baby chandelier Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Margarita Papandreou (VN Models) / Dress: Celebrity Skin / Belt: Celebrity Skin / Gloves: private collection / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The evil queen
Photo: Sylwia Makris

The evil queen close up
Pearl Necklace with big Crystal: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Vicky Koulianou / Dress: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Make-up: Yiannis Marketakis - Make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

MOX NOX (latin: soon it will be night), as this magical photo shoot has been titled, is the perfect showcase for Kondylatos’ luxuriously battered aesthetic, giving him free reign to do what he does best: mix vintage finds with the latest prêt-a-porter Greek fashion. The same modus operandi he likes to use in his own jewelry collections, where handmade beads are complemented by slightly frayed found treasures, celebrating the beauty of imperfection.  Whether it provokes dreams or nightmares, this group effort proves that the credit crunch has done nothing to stifle Greek designers’ creativity, as they continue to celebrate their artistry despite adversity, although it has taught them a very valuable lesson: united we stand, divided we fall…

The MON NOX photohraphic series
Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The boy King
Crystal Necklace worn as a headpiece: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Yarric (VN Models) / Top worn as a cape: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Skirt: celebrity skin / Make-up: Giorgos Fytas for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The red madam
Metallic chain vitrine box Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Marianna Michailova (VN Models) / Red Dress: Vassilis Emanuel Zoulias couture / Black cape: Vassilis Emanuel Zoulias couture / Gloves: private collection / Top hat: vintage from private collection / Fox neck fur: vintage from private collection / Doll head Stick: Pericles Kondylatos stage wear accessories / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Wig made by Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos
 

The red madam close up
Photo: Sylwia Makris

The red madam seated
Pearl Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Marianna Michailova (VN Models) / Red Dress: Vassilis Emanuel Zoulias couture / Gloves: private collection / Top hat: vintage from private collection / Fox fur: vintage from private collection / Scull head Stick: Pericles Kondylatos stage- wear accessories / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Wig made by Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

Prince vlad
Icon decorated with religious offerings Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Dimitris Costantine (VN Models) / Costume: vintage from private collection / Costume golden decorations: Pericles Kondylatos stage - wear accessories / Had with mummified bird: Katerina Carousos for Vassilis Zoulias / Make-up: Giorgos Fytas for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos


Morpheus’  dream
Icon decorated with flowers Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Eleftheria Psiha (VN Models) / Dress: Celebrity Skin / Gloves: private collection / Top hat: Mad Dollies Rag house / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

Morpheus’  dream close- up
Icon decorated with flowers Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Eleftheria Psiha (VN Models) / Dress: Celebrity Skin / Gloves: private collection / Scull head Stick: Pericles Kondylatos stage- wear accessories / Top hat: Mad Dollies Rag house / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

 

Time is up
Crystal chandelier/pearl Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Konna (VN Models) / Bust: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Skirt: celebrity skin / Belt: Pericles Kondylatos stage- wear accessories / Scull head Stick: Pericles Kondylatos stage- wear accessories / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The bird girl
Pearl Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Natalia Liar (VN Models) / Dress: Vassilis Emanuel Zoulias couture / Mask: private collection / Make-up: Giorgos Fytas for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The black swan
Pearl Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Dimitris Costantine (VN Models) / Tule skirt worn as a cape: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Gloves: private collection / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

 

The black swan with two brides
Center: Pearl Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Dimitris Costantine (VN Models) / Tule skirt worn as a cape: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Gloves: private collection / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Left: Crystal chandelier  Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Nancy Labrou (VN Models) / Dress: crystal decorated dress by Chara Lebessi / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios / Right: Silk flower and Crystal chandelier  Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Margarita Papandreou (VN Models) / Dress: Chara Lebessi / Make-up: Christina Ermidis for make-up lab / Hair: Nicolas Balalios // Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

The magician
Red ball with flower inside Necklace: Pericles Kondylatos / Model: Jimmy (VN Models) / Top hat: Mad Dollies Rag house / Gloves: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Costume: vintage from private collection / Leather trousers: Kostadinos Melis by Laskos / Scarf on the top hat: Dafni Valente / Hair styling: Nicolas Balalios / Make-up: Make-up lab team: Yiannis Marketakis , Christina Ermidis, Giorgos Fytas / Photo: Sylwia Makris / Styling: Pericles Kondylatos

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Sylwia Makris, Pericles Kondylatos

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    Carol Ann Mason | 2014-07-30 08:25:00

    I absolutely LOVE this shoot! Beautiful work, all around. I would love to have a copy of The Lizard Girl. I am so glad to see that you credited everyone involved. I enjoyed the article and would like to read further articles of this type. Hopefully, you can make that happen. Very nice work! Carol Ann

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