On a mission to re-invent fashion heritage through the island’s sustainable heritage is a new local venture called Tsemberi Fashion Project. A bicommunal team of young Cypriots launched the project in March 2021 to reintroduce aspects of the Cypriot identity and culture by combining elements of modern art and fashion. And beyond reflecting on local norms, the project also makes its creations with zero waste materials. Their designs are usually presented through video and social media campaigns but this May an exhibition in Nicosia will bring ideas from the past to the present moment.
On May 7 and 8 at the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, the exhibition will open its doors to the public. Inviting fashion aficionados, culture lovers, and everyone in between, the Tsemberi Fashion Project is here to make a statement. ‘Where sustainability meets Cypriot culture’ is its motto and the exhibition will showcase the creations of Leandros Farley-Stamadiades, Mert Özyürekliler, Irene Panayi, Diamando Skannavia, Michalis Pantelidis and Petros Kourtellaris.
Last September, the project was presented at the High Commission of Cyprus in London and received the full support of the High Commissioner. As such, the exhibition will also travel to the UK this summer for a showcase in London.
“Sustainability has been at the core of Cypriot heritage for hundreds of years,” says the Tsemberi team, “but has lost its way in recent years… we want to bring it back. Join us at the Tsemberi Fashion Exhibition, the first-ever sustainable fashion exhibition inspired by Cypriot culture and heritage where you can find a modern twist on traditional clothing from the past.”
Tsemberi Fashion Exhibition
Young and emerging Cypriot fashion designers present sustainable fashion and Cypriot heritage with a twist. May 7. 10am-8pm. May 8. 10am-4pm. Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Nicosia. www.facebook.com/tsemberi