In the heart of the eclectic New York Fashion Week, a symphony of style and history will come to life through the extraordinary collaboration between two master artisans, Percossi Papi and Risa Venezia.
Risa Venezia presents a unique and captivating collection inspired by the era of Empress Theodora, while the Atelier Percossi Papi contributes its jewelry, bringing the charm and richness of the Byzantine Empire to the runway.
Sharing a passion for history and culture, we have joined forces to create a collection that transports spectators back in time, immersing them in the opulence and magnificence of the Byzantine Empire.
The Byzantine collection stands out for its skillful use of royal colors, luxurious fabrics, and intricate details. Percossi Papi’s jewelry, adorned with precious stones and golden details, seamlessly complements Risa Venezia’s garments, creating a visual harmony that evokes the very essence of Byzantine grandeur.
Models showcase garments inspired by the sumptuous attire of Empress Theodora, featuring elegant cuts, luxurious drapes, and elaborate embroideries. The meticulous choice of fabrics, such as silk and velvet, adds a touch of opulence that defines the collection as an ode to sophistication.
The collaboration between Atelier Percossi Papi and Risa Venezia has proven that fashion can be a powerful means to explore and celebrate history. Their Byzantine collection is a moving work of art, a fusion of creativity and craftsmanship that has captivated the audience, transporting them to an era of splendor and imperial magnificence.
A statement of women empowerment and bold beauty
The cistern was a portal to the past: the location was restored by Justinian I, Teodora’s husband. The Empress, being very close to her husband’s political and administrative affairs, likely walked through these very halls alongside her spouse- our Teodora reinterpretation met her past self. A reunion. A reunion that extended to other powerful Byzantine empresses.
Teodora Visits Teodora: A Journey Through Time
The pieces personified these figures through the clothing: a metaphorical meeting that transcends time and place. Each of our garment embodies the spirit of a different empress—Sofia, Maria, Teodora, Anastasia to name a few. At Binbirdirek Cistern the Byzantine Empresses came together, co-creating a sense of sisterhood among these powerful women across eras. They united, standing together, their potent, self-loving, astute, confident energy, converging into one. The Teodora Collection is more than just clothing; it’s a narrative, a bridge between worlds, a celebration of the timeless strength that all women possess, a strength that can never be taken away.