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The History & Heritage of the House

History of the Maison Costis Faliakos

Maison Faliakos represents the eternal symbiosis between hybrid Couture and stylistic pluralism. Since 1981, history meets craftsmanship and eternal finesse, where Maison Faliakos creations empower, exhilarate and celebrate femininity in all its facets.

At Maison Faliakos, we bridge heritage with technique, artistry with eccentricity in a quest to always honor and highlight the unfathomable uniqueness of each and every woman. We aim to establish fashion as an art form that both accentuates and intrigues from intricate details and patterns to devotion to true craftsmanship and innovation.

Costis Faliakos at Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, in Montmartre ©FaliakosArchives

1968

Finishing his studies in Athens, he landed in Paris for his Haute Couture specialization during truly revolutionary times.

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1969

After graduating with his Haute Couture specialization, he started working for Jacques Esterel and Pierre Balmain. At the Balmain studio, he served as Junior Couturier beside Monsieur Balmain. 

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Early 70s

Back to Athens, entering a decade full of creative stimuli. He started to interact with artists, poets and the whole intellectual underground scene of the epoch.

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1975

Legendary Tsompanelis fashion school hired Costis Faliakos as an instructor and as the head designer of Τsompanelis house of fashion.

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Late 70s

His prominence in the Greek fashion industry grew by the day. He was seen as the new bright talent having arrived straight from Paris. As the first high-end freelance designer, he was very in demand collaborating with everyone, from Anna Katramatou and
Fofi Vasiliadou, to Mavropoulos
and many more.

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1981

Opening of the first Faliakos boutique in Kolonaki, Athens.

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Early 80s

His first collections featuring shapes, lines, cuts and styles that crystallized his fashion identity as avant-garde, leaving his clientele mind blown. Every time.

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Mid 80s

Prestigious clients become loyal followers that add to the House’s iconicity and prominence, Margarita Papandreou, Nancy Reagan, Raisa Gorbachev, are some of the women who simply adored Faliakos’s aesthetics, his sharp technique and couture majesty.

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Nancy Reagan, on April 8, 1968. © THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, USA TODAY NETWORK

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Late 80s

His first glorious fashion shows and memorable collaborations mark the end of the first decade of Faliakos redefining the Greek fashion scene. Collaboration with Dimitriadis textiles and his unique designs as well as with famous Italian textile brand Galtrucco, who offered him an exclusive partnership to feature their fabrics with Faliakos designs, sold in Milano and published in Vogue Italia.

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1990s

Entering a new era where the rise of top models, media powerhouses and lifestyle marketing gave huge gravity to the Faliakos brand.

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1993

Arrival of Christos Petridis, he quickly becomes the right-hand man of Costis Faliakos, standing out for his talent, sharpness and dexterity.

1994

The Faliakos brand is rising higher, demand increases even more, so the atelier needs a new space and eventually moves at the infamous address Patriarchou Ioakim 53 str. in Kolonaki Athens.

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Mid 90s

The richness of creativity of this decade, is manifested in different techniques, styles, colors and aesthetics dominating the Faliakos shows, where some of the most recognizable Greek top models of the time such as Elena Kountoura, Evi Adam, neophytes such as Vicky Kaya become synonymous with the Faliakos brand.

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Late 90s

Bridal couture for First Ladies as seen in Ms. Natasa Karamanli and Ms. Mareva Mitsotaki-Grabowski.

First Lady Mareva G.

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1998

Back in Paris, causing a stir with the Faliakos Haute Couture show. A global network of admirers and followers had already developed and was being reinforced with collaborations with international staples such as L’Oréal and Chopard.

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1999

Futurism and soft shaped sharp elegance in millennium Couture

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2000s

The only Hellenic participation in the International Charity Gala in Monte Carlo held by H.S.H Prince Albert II with rave reviews on Faliakos’s work, exhibited alongside Valentino, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and many others. Faliakos scored the second highest bidding price after the Monte Carlo national participation. 

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2001

The first Faliakos boutique in Leventi str. Kolonaki is an incredibly vibrant, elegant and luxurious hub for the brand’s eclectic clientele. Costis Faliakos personally oversaw the design of the boutique’s interiors and façade, bringing pink marbles from Brazil, designing  a bespoke pure steel canopy for the entrance, making it one of the most iconic Greek high-end fashion boutiques ever.

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2002

Faliakos is assigned to create a series of Couture looks for the Greek candidate of Miss Universe being held in Japan.

2003

Costis Faliakos passed away after a short battle with cancer,
leaving behind an immeasurable legacy in the world of
fashion at the local and global scene.

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2004

Christos Petridis takes over the reins of the House and stirs the ship to new, exciting, risqué creative paths, launching his first solo Couture collection.

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2006

Faliakos takes part in the 1st official Athens Fashion Week with a big show and sales soaring across the globe.

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2010s

Maison Faliakos traverses through time and space representing artistry, craftsmanship and creative excellence.

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Red Haute Couture

Red Haute Couture

Catwalk Look

2013

The Red Haute Couture show causes a stir, it is monothematic, uber chic, overly decadent in the use of premium materials and fabrics such as silk and fur with references to Russian culture and eccentricity.

2015

Venediktos Adipas takes over as the new Head of Creative. He is artistic, sharp and business savvy, bringing a refreshed perspective to the Faliakos brand and setting new codes of styles moving forward.

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2016

Youthful, refined, artistically thrilling, the new creative approach  of the House as seen in the Spring/ Summer collection, where geometry, clean lines, bold colors dominate.

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2017

Faliakos pieces featured at an exhibition held by ICOM Costume Committee in London.

The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume, Fashion and Textile is was established in 1962, with 250 members of the Costume Committee, who are museum professionals and costume historians from all over the world committed to the study of all aspects of presenting, preserving, researching and collecting apparel.

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2018

Α retrospective exhibition of the House’s history & heritage held by The Basil Papantoniou Foundation (BPF).

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The ‘Doulamas’ inspired look The Magnificent exhibition
at Benaki Museum
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2019

The Faliakos brand navigates history and creativity in equal measure, being featured at important cultural events and engaging in creative dialogue aiming to reinforce the House’s values of sustainability and authentic craftsmanship.

The ‘Doulamas’ inspired look The Magnificent exhibition
at Benaki Museum
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Book – Greek Fashion 100 Inspirational & Creative Years by Nikos Saridakis
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British Council x Onassis Foundation –
‘Crafting the Future’ Conference

British Council x Onassis Foundation – ‘Crafting the Future’ Conference

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Athens Fashion Film Festival 

Fashion Open Studio

Fashion Open Studio

2021

The first Greek fashion house to be invited to participate in the global project Fashion Open Studio, initiated by NGO Fashion Revolution, aiming to bring transparency in the industry and shift attention back to the techniques, locality and the human capital that stands behind the sustainability and longevity of a fashion house. Maison Faliakos opens the doors to its atelier in Mets, Athens in a three-day digital event watched by hundreds of young fashion afficionados all over Greece and abroad. 

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2022

Artistic excellence transcends in all aspects of the House, as the creative identity is redefined and expanded.

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American College of Greece x Chatzigakis Foundation – ‘Sustainability: The Future is Now’ Conference

American College of Greece x Chatzigakis Foundation – ‘Sustainability: The Future is Now’ Conference

The collection as shown in Haute Grecians catwalk, at Eleusis, European Capital of Culture for 2023 ©N/A

2023

The first hybrid, trans-seasonal Collection is here, recognizing the imperative need to redefine the premises of how perceive fashion cycles as they become timeless,
eternally fluid, loosely defined.