The CHRISTOS collection, now under the creative direction of Amsale, owner and creative director of AMSALE, has long been established as the couture collection for the classic, romantic bride.
CHRISTOS was established by Cyprus-born designer Christos Yiannakou. After heading his collection for over 20 years, he retired in 2005, leaving Amsale at the helm of the CHRISTOS collection. As creative director, Amsale has upheld CHRISTOS legacy for tradition while infusing a touch of her own modern sensibility into the collection. Amsale sees CHRISTOS as a natural extension of her own collection, as both are rooted in classic timelessness. A romantic at heart, she reveres CHRISTOS as a venue for her more traditional side. In opposition to the modern aesthetic which defines the AMSALE collection, CHRISTOS evokes a feeling of fairy-tale, femininity, and romance.
Amsale's CHRISTOS gowns have long stood out for their impeccable heirloom quality. Her use of the finest silks, French laces and silk organza are staples of the collection. CHRISTOS designs are especially known for their use of Alençon lace, or point d'Alençon, a type of needle lace created in a French town by the same name. Alençon, a small town in Normandy, began manufacturing lace in the sixteenth century. This same lace is used today to create CHRISTOS classic romantic designs.
Hollywood has embraced Amsale's CHRISTOS collection, featuring CHRISTOS gowns in the Katherine Heigl film 27 Dresses, and the August 2009 film The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman. CHRISTOS also traveled down the wide-screen aisle in Kate Hudson's film My Best Friend's Girl, which released nationwide in September 2008.
CHRISTOS gowns can be found at the AMSALE Flagship Salon in New York City, in Saks Fifth Avenue bridal salons, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and at select luxury retailers in the US, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Mexico City and Hong Kong.