Afroditi Hera sewing her dress for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

Afroditi Hera

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Designer Afroditi Hera from Cyprus exchanged with The Kiribati Handicraft Association to create a bespoke look for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange - an initiative for established and emerging fashion talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries to showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability.

Afroditi designed her signature kaftan in blue silk overlaid with a printed chiffon of her own design. Through the use of buttons the look can be worn in three different ways, and has been completed with traditional ornamental beading created by artisans in Kiribati using grass, paper and shells.

The look was displayed at Buckingham Palace and High Commission Australia, London. Both exhibitions were curated by VOGUE's Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles.

The project was launched by Commonwealth Secretary General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth, founder of sustainability consultancy Eco-Age and supported by Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.


  • Title: Afroditi Hera sewing her dress for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
  • Creator: Afroditi Hera
  • Location Created: Cyprus
  • Type: Fabric
  • Medium: Kaftan with blue silk underlay featuring bespoke textile design by Afroditi
  • Designer Country: Cyprus

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