THE SHOES OF VASILIS STAMATAKIS ONE WOMAN'S COLLECTION
'The WaspWaists' by Margo McCafferty Rudd
My collection of Vasilis Stamatakis Shoes is stored in a huge metal cabinet in my husband's painting studio.
I bought my collection of handmade shoes over a one and a half year period between 1995 and 1996 in Heraklion, Crete from Vasilis Stamatakis, their designer and was priviliged to be given many interviews by Vasilis that detailed from his earliest days to his post retirement times many facts and anecdotes of his fascinating life.
Plans are now afoot to arrange a museum show featuring The Shoes of Vasilis Stamatakis and in conjunction with this exhibition I have begun work on a biography of this great designer.
Vasilis was apprenticed and trained in the by-gone area of Greece's Pre WWII 'halcyon days' that were characterized by financial plenty and relative political stability.
There were true upper and upper-middle classes who loved the good life and all that went with it, and for most of the women Fashion played a huge part in their lives.
After Greek's runious Civil War that followed the World War an era truly ended. Few had the means to indulge in fashionable gew gaws and there was a new 'political correctness' courtesy of the firmly entrenched Communist Party that eschewed conspicuous consumption.
In this barren new world -- Vasilis Stamatakis -- who had completed over eleven years of apprenticeship and service to the art of upscale cordwaining, attempted to rekindle interest in exquisitely wrought footwear in the city of Heraklion (Crete) in 1941.
My biography will seek to show how a gentle artist who had been trained to supply society's most special and effete footwear needs had to reinvent himself in order to survive - both financially and spiritually - in the new and inhospitabe post WWII era.
I will post the chapters of his life as they are finished. It is my hope that visitors to this site will enjoy hearing about Vasilis' evolution from a courtierer trained to dress debutantes and dowagers to a purveyor of deliciously outre footwear catering to a demimonde populated by those who were consumed by the World of Rembetiko.
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