On the 5th of November 2019, the cultural event “Contemporary Minoans: Cretan culture, source of inspiration”, was organised at the initiative of the cultural organisation Branding Heritage (BH) with the support of the region of Crete and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) UK & Ireland.

The creative personality of the fashion designer with Cretan origin Sophia Kokosalaki, who passed away unexpectedly in October, was honored by the journalist, contributing editor at Vogue UK Harriet Quick and the Chief critic Vogue runway Sarah Mower MBE, the British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent, at the presence of the designer’s family. Mower said: “Sofia had a modern Cretan identity, she knew how to unite the past with the present in a unique way”. The internationally renowned Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, spoke about okosalaki’s passion for the Greek heritage and the way she expresses it through her creations.

Sophia Kokosalaki’s selected creations had a special place at the exhibition, including the jewel (silver necklace), inspired by models of thin-bladed votive swords from Arkalochori Cave, 1700-1450 BC (Heraklion Archaeological Museum) that she made last year especially for the BH Minoan Collection.

The event was featured by creations with Minoan references (clothing, jewelry, artwork) by European artists, and a variety of interactive side events.