Member Profile: Melanie Georgacopoulos
Designer Melanie Georgacopoulos is by nature a storyteller. With a background in sculpture she works with materials in new ways to release their potential and open the viewer up to new interpretations. Given this method, working with pearls is a natural choice as their organic construction means each one has an individual beauty.
Her history has seen her complete a masters at the Royal College of Art before working as a freelance designer. Through this journey her work has evolved so that at its heart is an appreciation of structure, her inspirations are rooted in organic form and materials.
In Melanie’s work the paradoxical, intriguing nature of the pearl remains at the core of every piece, whilst the aesthetic remains simple, structured and timeless. She reworks a traditional material with fresh eyes to infuse it with new life and give it modern relevance. Her collections challenge existing preconceptions of classic pearl jewellery but also some of the basic shapes and forms of jewellery design itself. It is this unique approach which has seen her show to great acclaim at the Rock Vault initiative at the heart of London Fashion Week in previous years. Melanie presents her collections regularly at Paris Fashion Week, Vegas Couture and most recently the prestigious Goldsmiths Fair in London.
Melanie’s recognition for her work with pearls has led to exciting developments, in 2013 she revealed M/G Tasaki, her new directional collection produced in exclusive collaboration with the fine Japanese Jewellery company. The collection is renewed seasonally and marries beautifully Melanie’s flair to cross design boundaries with Tasaki’s world-renowned quality craftsmanship.