The internationally acclaimed Greek creator Yiannis Tseklenis is responsible for the first appearance of Greek fashion on an international scale. With cover pages in international magazines such as Vogue, Times, Figaro, and a presence at the world’s largest stores (Harrods, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus) across 40 countries, Yiannis Tseklenis has managed to create one of the first Greek brands with international fame.
From a young age, the talented Greek creator worked at the small textile trade family business, while also coming into contact with the world of advertising. In 1961 he created the advertising agency Spectra, and in 1962 he decorated the wedding of Princess Sophia with Juan Carlos of Spain. The following year he succeeded his father as head of the family business and began designing textiles. In 1967 he began designing complete fashion collections creating the chain “boutiques Tseklenis”. A few years later, he was chosen by Aristotelis Onassis as the designer of the Olympic Airways staff and crew, which up until that time were designed by the French designer Pierre Cardin. During that period the Financial Times wrote “a young Greek dethrones Cardin from Olympic”. Before retiring from fashion at the end of the 1980s, he became the President of Peiraiki – Patraiki one of the largest textile producers of the time.
In recent years, he donated the creations still in his possession (more than 600 garments from the period between 1968 - 1991, photographs, fashion designs, figures and sketches and others) to the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation. Recently, however, he seems to have found a new expression for his creative explorations, by designing silk scarves with the use of the latest technology in digital printing, in cooperation with the companyTsiakiris Silk Printing in Soufli.