As part of Athens Festival 2011, ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture (ATOPOS CVC) on May 15th – July 31st, 2011  presented the first exhibition about Character design in fashion ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion curated by Vassilis Zidianakis at the Benaki Museum. Together with the exhibition, ATOPOS CVC, also, presented the fully illustrated publication NOT A TOY. Fashioning Radical Characters, edited by Vassilis Zidianakis, ATOPOS CVC, published by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin, 2011.

Characters were abstract and reduced figures with a strong anthropomorphic appeal and bold graphical silhouette. This aesthetic approach had a strong influence on contemporary fashion and costume design, as international artists created playful dresses, avant-garde costumes and hairstyles, re-inventing the human body and sending their monstrous, enigmatic, radical and grotesque new Characters onto the catwalk and beyond.

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