The origin of the name “Basilica” is the ancient Greek word meaning “Queen”. Ms Panatou, the designer behind the “Basilica Couture” label brings to her work a unique ideology that was developed early in her youth by her migrant Greek/ Cypriot parents. Her love for fashion was born in her and her career as a designer seemed destined from as a child, when she first started to design her own clothes that were sewn by her mother’s personal Italian dressmaker.
With degrees in fashion design, fashion styling, tailoring and textiles and design from the East Sydney Design Studio and the Sydney School Of Fashion. Even from the moment Ms Panatou completed her education in fashion design, she was awarded “Gown Of The Year” in one of the most prestigious nation wide events in the bridal industry and years on, she has become one of the most celebrated couturieres and the recipient of numerous illustrious awards.
Ms Panatou was the first Australian designer to exhibit her bridal collection at New York’s Wedding Couture Fashion Week held at the Waldorf Astoria in 2006, the first Australian designer to be asked to exhibit at the Fiera Milano, Italy in 2008 and the first Australian designer to have a wedding gown photographed for the USA “In Style Weddings” magazine.
The Origin of the name “Couture” is from the French word meaning sewing high fashion. The distinction of “haute couture”, means that established couturieres, like Ms Panatou, are required to create their designs at their own premises, which is what distinguishes her and the reason that she has become one of the most celebrated couturieres, the recipient of numerous illustrious awards and the pioneer in the Australian bridal fashion industry for over four decades.