MILANO | SPRING SUMMER 2015 | ANGELOS BRATIS
Greek designer’s ethereal collection etched into Yiannis Moralis’s bold rationalist abstraction.
Though Bratis’s work was very classical in one sense, very Minerva’s, he infused maestria, colors and forms all inspired by Yiannis Moralis, an outstanding figure in Modern Greek painting, one of “1930s generation” painters.
Aparté. With a scholarship from the Academy of Athens (1937), Yiannis Moralis studied mosaics and frescos in Rome. Angelos Bratis taught his passion for the “moulage” at the Akto Design School of Athens, the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and the Academy of Fashion and Costume in Rome. Rome, gravitas for both.
Subsequently, Yiannis Moralis attended lessons on painting and fresco in Paris, at the École des Beaux Arts and on mosaics at the École des Arts et Métiers. He had presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions both in Greece and abroad, having had his first one-man show in Athens, 1959. Half a century later, Angelos Bratis curated several exhibitions on art, fashion and architecture.
From the 1970s, Yiannis Moralis moved from the realistic depictions of the human form of his earlier works towards a geometric stylization incorporating curves. From the 2010s, Angelos Bratis conveyed collections recognizable by the architectural fluidity of the design and its elegant and impeccable technique.
After graduating in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute Arnhem in Amsterdam, Bratis moved to Italy and began honing his talent through collaborations “behind the scenes” with great designers. In 2011 he won first prize “Who Is On Next?, ” Alta Roma and Vogue Italy’s talent search for emerging fashion designers, decided by a jury composed of Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune, Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia, Mark Holgate of Vogue, and retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols.