The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) gave its permission to Christian Dior to turn the Acropolis into its personal runway for a photo shoot, which is set to take place on June 17, 2021. This is will not be the first time for Dior to (mis)use the Acropolis for its business. They did the same thing in 1951. The same KAS, Greece’s top archaeological advisory body, that refuses even the idea of sacrificing to Pallas Athena on the Acropolis, approved Dior’s request to use the Acropolis for its new project.
And to cap it all, the KAS, that simulates scientific respectability when it comes to worship, also granted its permission to Christian Dior to use «other archaic Greek monuments.» Leading politicians of the current corrupt government, most notably Adonis Georgiadis, defend this decision by saying that the Parthenon is «the monument of beauty.» «Fashion is art.» He also claimed that our ancestors would have made the same decision. He is seriously telling us that the ancient Athenians would have rent the Parthenon to a fashion house. Georgiadis, who served as the spokesman for LA.O.S. (a Christian-Fascist party) and is now Vice-President of Nea Dimokratia (Conservative party), is a historian. He should know better. Given his past and personal ethos, however, we could not expect different.
I would like to remind Georgiadis politely but firmly that the Parthenon is not a runway, brothel or industrial zone. It is a temple for Pallas Athena. The now desecrated Parthenon was meant to be a temple. It was built to serve as a temple. People who have no regard for the sacred perceive our holy sites as «cultural capital» and reduced man itself to «Human capital». But for us Hellenes the Acropolis is holy and the Parthenon will always remain a temple, desecrated or not. A temple, not more, not less.
If they want to give away something so badly, they can start with their churches.
- Dior Given Green Light for Fashion Shoot at Acropolis (Greek Reporter, May 26, 2021)
- KAS greenlights use of Acropolis for Dior photo shoot (Kathimerini, May 26, 2021)