Leg­endary Greek bene­fac­tor’s wardrobe on sale for char­ity

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ELIS KISS

Wear­able me­men­tos from a life fully lived in Athens and New York, via Lon­don and Gs­taad, among other lo­ca­tions, are go­ing on sale in the Greek cap­i­tal this week.

Gar­ments from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Greek bene­fac­tor Maria “Doda” Voridis-Goulan­dris will be on dis­play and avail­able for pur­chase at a Hel­lenic So­ci­ety for Dis­abled Chil­dren (ELEPAP) bazaar which takes place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 25, and Satur­day, Novem­ber 26.

The two-day bazaar was made pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­er­ous do­na­tions of her two sons, New York-based Aris­tidis and Pet­ros Em­biri­cos.

At the ELEPAP head­quar­ters, or­ga­niz­ers have cre­ated a bou­tique set­ting with a boudoir feel, fea­tur­ing mir­rors, for in­stance, to host plenty of evening wear as well as day wear rang­ing from knits to suit sep­a­rates – pieces re­flect­ing her per­sonal style.

Go­ing on sale are about 60 to 70 dresses and silk kaf­tans. These in­clude pieces from New York-based fash­ion houses Os­car de la Renta and Carolina Her­rera and French fash­ion pow­er­house Yves Saint Lau­rent, among oth­ers. Also go­ing on sale are knits by American spe­cial­ists St John and a large col­lec­tion of shoes. Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers, some gar­ments still have their tags on.

A fer­vent sup­porter of good causes, Voridis-Goulan­dris was known for her in­volve­ment in non-profit Vene­tian Her­itage Inc., whose mis­sion is to safe­guard Vene­tian cul­tural her­itage and of which she was a found­ing board mem­ber, as well as her as­sis­tance to sev­eral Greek cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Mean­while, the Hel­lenic So­ci­ety for Dis­able Chil­dren char­ity was founded in 1937. The Greek or­ga­ni­za­tion as­sists over 1,200 dis­abled chil­dren across Greece, as well as new­borns and adults suf­fer­ing from cere­bral in­juries. Pro­ceeds from the bazaar will go to­ward sup­port­ing the char­ity’s pro­grams for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of dis­abled chil­dren and adults.

At ELEPAP, doors for the Doda Voridis-Goulan­dris sale open on both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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