Wednesday, 9 December 2009

The surreal life of a fashion architect

These past few months, I have met several individuals in real life, who just knew me through this blog before, and who casually asked me what I do. And when I answered back that I am, in fact, an architect, they replied with a surprised face and the phrase "reaaaaaally? I thought that was just your blog title".

So yes, I am an architect.

And lately, I have even started working as one. To be more precise, I am currently involved in the process of designing a retail store for a Greek women's clothing brand, in downtown Athens. And this is where the surreal part begins. Because, how else would you describe it if your boss wanted you, instead of doing paperwork or the coffee run, to go into the Gucci store in Kolonaki first thing in the morning and measure the fitting room, in order to clarify how big a luxury fitting room is supposed to be? And of course, in order to get inside that fitting room, you would have to try on some piece of clothing, namely, a sequined cocktail dress, worth €3.995?

Should I say that I love my job? Well, I would, if I didn't have to spend the following 8 hours standing on my feet, furiously sketching the same stairway over and over again in order to get it just right, while covered in drywall dust. But still, I have a pretty cool job.

FYI, the dress, which according to the Gucci salesgirl is the only one of its kind in Greece, is now 50% off. Just so you know if you have a nice party to go, nothing to wear and two grand lying around...

Oh God, my feet hurt.

23 comments:

Sal said...

How fantastic, Lopi! I wondered when your architect side would come out again ...

chloe in the sky said...

ok, I always thought your blog was the point where architecture and fashion meet, now that point is your life ho ho
that dress looks gorgeous :*

Mairyliscious said...

amazing dress you look gorgeous
you are really lucky !!!!!!!!!!!!!
isn't it great when we work and we love our work ???

daisychain said...

Oh man, that dress <3

xara said...

the dress is awesome!!!! ta kala too epaggelmatos :P

battered couture said...

hahahahha! surreal indeed. and fab! and the 80's look is so hot on you. note to self: were more sequins!

Thalia said...

hahahha!!! girl hang on in there! its amazing that u have time to combine both!

dress looks great but two grant???? sorry but no! :P

Hari K said...

lucky you!! the sequin dress looks fabulous!! perfect for Christmas time!!!
so...you actually took measures of the dressing room, dressed in GUCCI?!?!!?
surreal!!!

Elena said...

Wow! Your boss is a genius! It would be better though if he could give you his credit card as a gift!

lucia said...

cool job! you look so great in that dress! how did you get over it so quickly? you should ask an increase income for such a duty!

stella said...

that was indeed a great photo opportunity!
and -sigh- a great dress as well...

natalie said...

I have to say, your boss makes you do pretty interesting tasks! :) The dress is fab.

leinti nti said...

to forema sou paei poli. 2000 evro me ekptosi einai poli, vevea alla ok...sou paei.

sxetika me ta fitting rooms - akoma kai stou zara na eisai diladi akoma kai se ena fthinomagazo kalo einai i ebeiria na einai efxaristi. oso xamilo na einai to budget, ligos sevasmos ston pelati den vlaptei. an exis ena kalo shopping experience menis pistos gia panta se ena label, oso fthino kai an einai. kai eidika tora me to recession, o kosmos den einai xazos. exei epanaprosdiorisei ta pragmata.
kali empnefsi.

efi said...

mallon eimai to monadiko atomo pou vriskei kako to forema e? kai gia 2000 euro...poly 80's gia ta gousta mou.
sxetika me ta dokimasthria, prepei na einai arketa megala wste na xwrane kai ena skampo h ka8ismataki.

Stain On My Red Shoes said...

you have a great job indeed. and that dress is really to die for. but i don't have two grand lying around :(

sugahspank! said...

I almost cried..... Any clues how we're gonna get ritch????? Honestly, I almost cried... Xmas shopping blues is the worst....

meraldia said...

Xa xa, surreal indeed!!

the BluElephant said...

my best wishes for a prosperous professional life

Alecca Rox said...

dress looks fab on u! cannot imagine how you did the job, but i guess they sent the right person;) best of luck with ur project and thx for leaving that lovely comment the other day!

AVY said...

Sounds like a great job, maybe that's something for me...

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Oooh, that dress is gorgeous. How fun to have an excuse to try it on.

chloe said...

haha, tromero forema!
kai ti orea dikaiologia na to dokimaseis haha!
alitheia, ti diastaseis exei ena gucci dokimastirio, lol!?

Stéphanie said...

You're beautiful !