Get to know - Anastasia Mouskou, the woman behind Velvet Lavender Club
What inspired you to start your account Velvet Lavender? My inspiration was my burning desire to create content and sharing the process. I wanted to promote the idea of a social 'club' and create a community environment for everything fashion - something I thought it would strengthen the Cypriot fashion audience. Name your favourite fashion shows where fashion and art meet fashion and art always meet, they cannot be separated. I have many favourite collections, but I will go with the Chanel Spring Summer 1994 one. I would wear every look! Name artists and fashion designers who inspire you My all-time favourite artist is Pablo Picasso. I think the meaning of art shifted from the moment he entered the scene. I also like that there's a tiny bit of humour in most of his works, almost as if a child drew them. I also really appreciate Basquiat's work. As for designers, I think my favourite is John Galliano - there will never be someone quite like him - such theatricality and a unique version to modern romanticism.
An outfit inspired by your favourite artwork
There are quite a few! I love this (Old) Celine dress from the Spring 2017 collection by Phone Philo. It was inspired by Yves Klein’s Anthropometry's the Blue Period.
Then there is this YSL dress inspired both by Picasso and Birds by Georges Braque, 1998.
I must also admit that I loved every outfit from the Moschino Spring 2020 collection, which was of course inspired by Pablo Picasso's Cubism.
Favourite art and fashion collaboration
I think it has to be one of the Dior Menswear collaborations! The 2019 Hajime Sorayama x Dior with the iconic saddle bag was super cool. Also the one with Daniel Arsham (can't believe I met him!) and Kaws....I think Kim Jones is really changing the DNA of Dior has begun to establish a collaboration culture between art and fashion.
An exhibition that you have visited. My favourite exhibition experience was at the London's Frieze Art Fair last year, it was a dream come true to attend! I also try to visit as many Van Gogh exhibitions around the world (5 to count!) because his works always make me so emotional.
Any tips to fashion and art lovers? Art is too important not to share! Another Velvet Lavender and Visual Space collab soon? YES PLS!!!!!!!!!!! XXX