The DesteFashionCollection is a novel approach to evaluating and interpreting fashion conceived by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Each year the Foundation commissions artists to select five articles of clothing or accessories created that year. Inspired by their selections, the artists/curators create an original work—the goal is to draw parallels between the actual objects and the artist/curator’s interpretations, which will lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of how fashion can be perceived by the experienced eye.

2012 edition by

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina has curated an haute couture “capsule” for the DesteFashionCollection 2012, selecting works by young, avant-garde designers who boldly challenge the boundaries of fashion as wearable sculpture.

The curated pieces feature in both her film and projection installation, THE CAPSULE, re-agitating the ongoing, essential dialogue between cinema, fashion, and the fine arts.

fashion designers

Sandra Backlund, Bordelle, Ying Gao, Cat Potter, Isabelle Vigier,

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana

A distinguished international all-female cast of seven also is participating, including Ariane Labed, winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival for Tsangari’s “Attenberg”, Clémence Poésy, known for her roles in the “Harry Potter” series and Danny Boyle’s “127 hours”, and Isolda Dychauk, the lead in Sokurov’s “Faust”.

project conception

Dakis Joannou, Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak (M/M Paris)
& Dennis Freedman

project directors

Dakis Joannou, Maria Joannou

senior advisor

Dennis Freedman

project coordinator

Alexia Antsakli

About the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art

The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution based in Athens, Greece. The Foundation was established in Geneva in 1983 by collector Dakis Joannou, together with curators Adelina von Fürstenberg and Efi Strousa. Ever since, DESTE has been organizing exhibitions and has been supporting projects and publications internationally. Through an exhibition program that promotes emerging as well as established artists, the DESTE Foundation aims to broaden the audience for contemporary art, to enhance opportunities for young artists and to explore the connections between contemporary art and culture. The flexibility of DESTE’s exhibition schedule enables the Foundation to respond to what is current in the art world and to embark on interesting projects on short notice. DESTE’s program also extends to curatorial projects and special events that explore the connections between art and fashion, music, film, architecture, design, and contemporary culture.