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What makes a Mykonos muse? Here’s how the Aegean isle got hot
Coveting a new coffee table tome for the book shelf? Mykonos Muse by Lizy Manola documents the Greek party island's past and present through stunning photography, writes Nicola Moyne
Hailed as the ‘new Ibiza’ year in, year out, Mykonos – the whitewashed Aegean isle of the Cyclades – is as famed for its pulsing beach DJ sets and pinot-fuelled private-members’ yacht parties as it is for its dazzling limestone architecture perched high on the hilltops and traditional Greek culture. But delve through the archives and photographs from the past century – back when the island served simple fishing communities and as an off-the-grid hideout for the elite (including Greek art collector Antonis Benakis) – and you start to see how the changing faces of Mykonos have helped to shape its A-list-endorsed future.
Now, Assouline‘s new coffee-table tomeMykonos Museby Lizy Manola is lifting the lid on the movers and shakers, both past and present, of Greece’s very own white isle – and every picture tells its own story. From childhood snapshots of art and design duo Alexandra and Lydia Economou (pictured above) to the textile workers and fishermen captured pre-glitterati, here’s our pick of the portraits and seascapes that have come to characterise the Mykonos muse.
A traditional Mykonian cattle boat with its four-legged cargo makes its way towards Rinia.
An aerial view of Panormos beach, where the jet set collide on parasol-shaded loungers.
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