Exhibition in Nafplio
The historical course covered by the exhibition is completed in Nafplio, the first capital of the free Greek state, where the first king of the Greeks, Otto, landed on January 25, 1833. When he, at the request of his father, Ludwig I of Bavaria, decided to dress like the Greeks, he commissioned the creation of his costume to famous Nafplio tailor Stavros Kremmidas. Otto wore the blue costume with a “foustanella” sewn by Stavros Kremmidas for the first time on January 25, 1836. He has never been seen without it since. When, in 1837, Queen Amalia arrived in Greece, wanting to replicate the attire of her subjects, she created a romantic court dress, like the one displayed here, which was to become the national civil dress, known as “Amalia” dress. The costume consists of a gold-embroidered silk shirt, a long silk skirt in Biedermeier style, the “kontogouni”, a velvet gold-embroidered vest, and a red fez with the silk tassel. Queen Amalia’s dress was sewn, like Otto’s costume, by Stavros Kremmidas.