Past Event – September 13th, 2011

Fashion Week Networking Party, Celebrating the Culture and Fashion of Classical Athens. Join Dr. Katherine Schwab in a Presentation & Discussion of the "Caryatid Hairstyles"

The six Caryatids in the south porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis wear long hair arranged in a variety of braids and patterns. Is it artistic invention or inspired by real hairstyles? In 2009 Dr. Schwab teamed up with the professional hair stylist Milexy Torres to see if these beautiful hairstyles could be replicated. Six student models with long thick hair in varying textures participated in the experiment, which was filmed and made into a short DVD As news about the project spread, TO VHMA carried it on their front page, and later ARTnews Magazine featured it as an article. Dr. Schwab has been asked to give presentations and screenings on the project for a variety of audiences including the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and most recently at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, where five of the original Caryatids are on display. At each of these events the results of new research have been presented, and discussion has contributed to the direction of future research. "The Caryatid Hairstyles" will include a short talk by Dr. Schwab followed by a screening of the film, "The Caryatid Hairstyling Project," (approx. running time is 15 mins.) and a brief Question and Answer.

A gorgeous bracelet valued at $3,000, designed by Greek jewelry designer Konstantino ( and generously donated to AGAPW by Konstantino, Saks Fifth Avenue will be raffled to benefit AGAPW.

When: Tuesday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The World Bar at the Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza, New York City
No RSVP is required. Cash bar. For further information you may contact Dr. Olga Alexakos at 917-405-6833 or

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Bio for Katherine Schwab
Dr. Katherine Schwab is professor of Art History at Fairfield University, which she joined in 1988. She is also the Curator of the Plaster Cast Collection at the University’s new Bellarmine Museum of Art. (This cast collection includes recent gifts from the First Ephorate of Classical Antiquities–Acropolis Museum.) Dr. Schwab received her B.A. from Scripps College, where she majored in Ancient Greek Civilization. Subsequently, she earned her M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Dr. Schwab has been awarded three separate fellowships by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Robert E. Wall Award at Fairfield, as well as other honors and grants in support of her research on the Parthenon Metopes, the Caryatid Hairstyles, and restoration work on the plaster cast collection. Grayscale scans of her metope research drawings can be seen in the Parthenon Gallery of the new Acropolis Museum ( Her publications include several book chapters, journal articles and, most recently, exhibiting her original Parthenon drawings. She is a member of the Managing Committee if the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. For further information about Dr. Schwab you may visit

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