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A minute with Tryfonas Modestou Fashion designer


Where do you live?
I’m currently living in Kornos. The village I grew up in with my family.

What did you have for breakfast?
I start the day with some coffee and a slice of brown toast with turkey and cheese.

Describe your perfect day
My perfect day is when I have a full day’s work and I’m creating a collection from morning until night in my studio.

Best book ever read?
Eleven Minutes by Paolo Coelho. It was so beautiful and evocative and I found the themes of perseverance and endeavour very inspiring.

Best childhood memory?
My mother used to own a boutique and I used to accompany her on buying trips in Europe. I think this was part of my inspiration to become a fashion designer.

What is always in your fridge?
Kiwi fruit, apples and grapefruit juice.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I’m currently listening to Lewis Capaldi’s Someone you Loved

What’s your spirit animal?
An Eagle as they see things from above and I enjoy being observant.

What are you most proud of?
Everything I’ve achieved so far in my career as a designer. Being given two prestigious awards in the first two years of my career was very encouraging and I’m very grateful.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
The huge party scene in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. The atmosphere, costumes and music he used were really joyful and beautiful.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Tilda Swinton. I think we’d have a brilliant time!

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
New York in the 1920s. It seems like a super fun and stylish time to be alive.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing a loved one. I’d be devastated.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Don’t give up on your dreams and always believe in yourself.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone
Infidelity. I need to know I can trust someone.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Throw a huge party for my closest friends and family so we can spend our last hours together enjoying ourselves.


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