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The ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday! January 24, 2011

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By Jo Katsaras @ The H.Art   Centre, 17A Digeni Akrita, Ayias Trias, Limassol

You are cordially invited to the first ever ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday which will take place at the H.Art Centre in Limassol on Saturday, 29th of January 2011, between 11am till 7pm.

World renowned and multi-award winning film costume designer, Jo Katsaras has personally hand selected a range of absolutely exquisite evening wear, day wear and gorgeous accessories from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to present at the ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday.

Jo stumbled upon this treasure find whilst on a location shoot recently, whilst preparing the costumes for the latest movie she designed. To her amazement, the vintage clothing was brand new and had never been worn. Hence the name, ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’.

Jo has dressed many Hollywood celebrities, cleverly combining vintage with contemporary fashion and is renowned for her use of colour, style and texture.

In 2009 Jo was nominated for an Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Costumes for a Series’ for her collaboration with award winner director Anthony Minghella in the blockbuster series ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ starring Actress/singer Jill Scott. In February 2010 she was nominated by the Costume Designers Guild of America for ‘Outstanding Contemporary Costumes’ and in April the same year was winner of the Madame Figaro for ‘Woman of the Year’ award in the CREATIVE category.

Jo would love you to join her at the ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday for a Champagne Brunch at 11am, or simply to browse at your own leisure, get inspired by a by gone era, try on and even purchase some of the most exquisite and unique pieces on show! Champagne will be served all day!

Jo will be present to help style you and advise how you can wear vintage clothing.

Come along and take advantage of the professional eyes that have dressed the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Patrick Bergin, Michael Douglas, Val Kilmner, Hayden Paniettierre, Casper Van Dien, Virginia Madsen, Idris Alba, David Oyelowa, CCH Pounder, Diane Kruger and many others… for more information on Jo Katsaras please visit www.jokatsaras.com

Personal appointments will be made for Monday 31st of January and Tuesday the 1st of February.

The show will be on until Saturday the 5th of February from 9am till 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am till 7pm on Saturday the 5th of February.

Please contact Jo directly on 96446942 or jo@jokatsaras.com

For Press and info please visit http://www.fluffyfish.net


Interesting Facts about Vintage clothing
It’s Unique: most items were custom made, and others were manufactured in small quantities only.

– Good quality: they were designed to be worn for years and passed on to other family members, so they were made of robust materials, well cut and well made, with generous seam allowances and hems which allow for alterations and custom fit.

– Fine materials: many of the unusual older fabric types are no longer manufactured, or are now prohibitively expensive.

– Value for money: garments generally sell for a cost far below similar new modern garments.

– History: an appreciation of the past, the roles of previous generations and the skills of respected designers.

– Detailing: hand finishing, unusual buttons, hand embroidery, handmade lace, crochet, applique, beading and other techniques.

– Style: vintage clothing has traditionally been the favorite of creative personalities because it offers an enormously wide range of imaginative styles.

– Investment: some people buy to collect rather than to wear, and increasingly, good quality vintage garments especially items by well-known designers are sought after by collectors.

– Low Carbon Footprint: some people buy vintage clothes because it is perceived as less demanding of world resources.
Jo’s  Biography

Jo was born in Cyprus in 1966 and has been living in South Africa since she was 5 years old. Having grown up as an immigrant in the vibrant 70’s lifestyle in Johannesburg has given her rich cross-cultural influence to her work.

Her parents went back to Cyprus often and therefore her education and upbringing was further flavored with the rich Greek Cypriot culture and British schooling at The English Grammar School in Limassol. Her having travelled so much as a young child has given her a love for setting eyes on foreign lands and meeting people and an ability to go with the flow of change.

She finally completed her schooling at the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Music and Drama now known as the National School of Arts.

She had been sewing since the age of 8 years old and displayed a natural talent for cutting patterns. Often she would get friends to lie down on a piece of fabric and cut around them.

After completing her schooling at the Johannesburg Art School, she seriously considered a career in architecture but decided to travel the world before furthering her studies. However her father’s insistence that she get a qualification that she could fall back on changed the course of her studies.

Taking her natural talent to the next level, Jo enrolled at fashion academy where, given her ability to draw, sew and cut patterns, she completed a three-year fashion diploma in only one year.

Returning from her travels, Jo entered the world of fashion working as a Senior Designer at a large clothing manufacturer. However, she soon discovered that her real area of interest lay in individual wardrobes. Designing unique clothes that define a character was far more challenging on a creative level than turning out mass garments.

Film was therefore a natural progression for Jo who found ultimate expression for her creativity through this medium.

She is renowned for her use of colour and texture in the costumes she designs. Her inherent understanding of the film medium led to a meteoric rise through the ranks and within eighteen months of entering the film industry, Jo tackled her first production as a head of department.

“To work on films was to enter a world of fantasy,” says Katsaras. “You are given the opportunity to create fabulous costumes for unique characters. I love the idea that one can distil an entire character into their wardrobe and the results are preserved forever on celluloid.”

Since designing her first feature, the South African blockbuster, “There’s a Zulu on My Stoep,” Jo went on to design for a number of major commercials as well as television series and feature films. Her feature credits include Jean Jacques Annaud’s “Running Wild” for Sony Pictures, Village Roadshow’s “Tarzan and the Lost City” starring Casper van Dien and Jane March, the 2001 South African box office hit “Mr Bones” starring Leon Schuster, David Ramsey and Faizon Love, the Disney IMAX feature “The Young Black Stallion” starring Biana Tamimi and Richard Romanus, John Boorman’s “Country of My Skull” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche , “Racing Stripes” starring Bruce Greenwood and Hayden Pannieterre. In 2007 she worked with award winner director, Anthony Minghella on the HBO and BBC pilot of “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” starring Jill Scott, Anika Noni-Rose, Colin Salmon, David Oyelowa and Idris Alba. In 2008 she continued what she had created on the pilot show and designed 6 more episodes.

This blockbuster hit series has brought Jo worldwide recognition and she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Series at the 61st Emmys in 2009. She was also invited by The Costume Designer’s Guild of America to exhibit those costumes at FIDM in Los Angeles in July of 2009 with all her fellow Emmy nominees.

In February 2010, Jo was nominated by the Costume Designer’s Guild of America for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes”.

In April 2010, Jo received the Madame Figaro “Woman of the Year” award in Cyprus.

Jo has also designed the costumes for over 200 commercials that have graced our television screens over the years.

Jo is represented by MarshBest and Associates in Los Angeles and by Cassorrotto Marsh in the UK.


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