Fashion Flashback: Christos Yiannakou

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Fashion Reverie looks back at the life and career of Christos Yiannakou. Christos Yiannakou passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Christos Yiannakou had a long, illustrious career as a bridal designer in the US, opening his own bridal design and manufacturing company, Christos Inc., in New York City in 1984 with his business partner Michael De Cuollo.

Christos Yiannakou emigrated from the island of Cyprus, at the age of 22, to New York City and enrolled at the Traphagen School of Design. Upon graduation, Christos Yiannakou was employed at Galina Bridal. While at Galina Bridal, Yiannakou was immediately recognized for unique talent in bridal design and quickly became the leading designer at Galina Bridal.

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Image courtesy of weddingclan.com

After forming Christos, Inc. with business partner Michael Cuollo in 1984, Christos, Inc. quickly became a dominant force in the bridal industry with Yiannakou winning “Bridal Designer of the Year” awards from Brides and Modern Brides magazines. Christos has been sold in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe and has been retailed in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, I. Magnin, Bullocks Wilshire, and Frost Bros.

Christos has been distinguished its use of intricate lace, primarily Alençon, in addition to Guipure, Chantilly and embroidered laces, which became works of art. His bridal gowns were elegant and timeless designs that transitioned from the sixties into the new century.

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Images courtesy of theimpression.com

In 2004, Chistos, Inc. was sold to Amsale Aberra, LLC who continues the Christos tradition of creating elegant, classic Christos designs sold all over the world.

—Staff

 

 

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