Susanna Galanis was born in Macedon, Greece and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with degrees in fashion illustration, fashion marketing and fur design. She then went to work in her family’s fur business, but soon left to manage the Versace boutique at Bergdorf Goodman and later the atelier in Manhattan‚ Versace store. The late Gianni Versace and his work had a profound impact on Galanis when she began designing jewelry thirteen years ago.
“Gianni’s creativity inspired me,” Galanis said. He was inspired by history and the drama of the past. I relate to that.
Galanis also can relate to Versace’s‚ celebrity following which includes Blake Lively, Gabrielle Union, Naomi Cambel, Tinsley Mortimer, Alexandra Richards, Jennifer Missoni, Rihanna, Cierra, Mary J. Blige, Cate Blanchett, Beyonce Knowles, Paula Abdul, Selma Blair, Selma Hyak, Ashanti, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Ashley Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Hillary Duff, Joy Bryant, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Angie Harmon, Dianne Kruger, Emmy Possum, Amanda Hearst, Snadra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Karolina Kurkova, Orlando Bloom, Rick Fox, and Colin Farrell and James Le Bron.
” I love the art world” Susanna said in a WWD article dated June 6, 2005. “I am inspired by the grandeur of past civilizations, and I don’t need to go to museums [for inspiration]. It is part of me.”
Susanna Galanis creates bronze, brass and copper pieces, often combining semiprecious stones, objects and medallions, that are influenced by the glamour of ancient Greece and the Hellenistic world of her ancestors – the creators of the Macedonian Empire.
“Faraway places and civilizations, Gods and Goddesses, Kings and Queens, and all the drama and glory from the past, are my inspirations. History is repeating. I would like to capture all the glamour, creativity, passion and enlightment that once existed and re-introduce it to today’s contemporary men and women. There are so many hidden tresures our divine ancestors left behind. We can all benefit by allowing them to inspire us.
Join me as I share with you my passion for ancient Greek and Hellenistic glamour. We will visit the AGE OF GODS. Most importantly, we will visit the fascinating world of my famous ancestor, Alexander the Great – King of Macedon. I call him the God of Eternal Glory and Immortality, as his incredible achievments, vision, courage, bravery and strength speak volumes. Little did I know growing up in Northern Greece, just minutes away from Pella, [Alexander’s birth place] and Vergina, [burial site of the ancient Kings of Macedon] that my warrior Greek God, my divine ancestor and my hero was, for real, a hero of all heroes, a genius and a legend who inspired and transformed millions including myself! We will also visit another of my ancestors, Queen Cleopatra, [the Macedonian Queen of the Ptolemaic Empire, Alexandria, Egypt], my new collection VENUS is partially inspired by her. I adore legendary men and women and I extract so much from their existence.” SG