The burgeoning hold of Jordan Gogos in the hearts of creatives has been cemented as he is named a winner at the GQ Men of the Year 2022, the magazine’s prestigious awards celebrating the best and brightest men and women across all kinds of arenas from sport, to fashion, to art and acting.
Citing him as a ‘Creative Force’, Vogue Australia writes following his win; “Jordan Gogos of Iordanes Spyridon Gogos has an unmistakable aesthetic, his pieces a dizzying riot of colour and fantasy. The designer, along with a host of new talents, is putting forward a new hypothesis for Australian fashion: what if it wasn’t just easy and breezy but bold and fantastical, too?”
“What a crazy few days,” Gogos says incredulously as he speaks to Greek City Times about the award, which has clearly left him both overwhelmed and humbled.
“I found out about a month ago and it’s just so big it’s taken me all of that time to actually process it. It’s just so huge it wasn’t until I was actually there and it actually happened that I was able to wrap my head around it.
“It’s the biggest event in Sydney! I am so lucky to have received it. It’s a very broad creative award and there are just so many creative people in Sydney. It’s massive! Such an honour.”
Creative Force - Jordan Gogos
Jordan Gogos of Iordanes Spyridon Gogos has an unmistakable aesthetic, his pieces a dizzying riot of colour and fantasy. The designer, along with a host of new talents, is putting forward a new hypothesis for Australian fashion: what if it wasn’t just easy and breezy but bold and fantastical, too?”Vogue Australia
This year, the GQ Men of the Year honourees are diverse and supremely talented in their own fields: from 28 year old Greek Australian Jordan Gogos, to Budjerah, the young Bundjalung man who is GQ’s Breakthrough Musician of the Year, to Nedd Brockman, the man who ran across the country to raise money for homelessness, to Olivia deJonge, whose starry list of acting credits have won her the title of this year’s Woman of the Year. Murray Bartlett, 51, took out the coveted title of GQ’s Man of the Year after his performances on The White Lotus, and being tapped on the shoulder to star in a TV adaptation of video game, The Last Of Us.
Named GQ's Politician of the Year, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was also among the award winners, gracing the red carpet in a classic tux.
“The Prime Minister won an award!” exclaims Gogos. “He went to give me a handshake and I gave him a hug instead.”
“Am I even allowed to hug a Prime Minister?” Gogos wonders out loud, laughing.
“My Yiayia and Papou were asking me “Did you get a photo with him?””
With a creative fluidity that defies the constraints of any traditional label, when he has been pressed in the past, Gogos settles for the title of 'multidisciplinary designer'.
His artistic ingenuity first made waves with his signature 'Tria' table, a geometric and sculptural piece crafted from aluminium that you may have noticed gracing the interiors of some of Australian fashion designer Dion Lee's boutiques around Australia.
Gogos’s works have since extended beyond furniture and into the realms of fashion, art, spaces, wholistic experiences and beyond.
Founded by Gogos in 2019 with the intention to use the brand as a conduit for community making and co-design, his fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos is described as experimental, non-gendered and innovative in its approaches to sustainability through practice-led design research methodologies.
The Iordanes Spyridon Gogos label (ISG) staged its debut runway show at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in 2021, receiving widespread acclaim for its colourful celebration of community and collaboration. The following year, as part of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022, Gogos set the Australian fashion industry on fire with his wildly imaginative runway presentation produced in collaboration with the iconic Australian Powerhouse Museum Ultimo - the first time in the museums' 141 year history to ever stage a runway show.
Next for Gogos followed a Melbourne Fashion week install and the invitation to be a part of the Melbourne Art Fair as a brand ambassador, during which he teamed up with Glenfiddich Whisky in the creation of an "endlessly innovative and immersive pop-up bar, come art installation."
Earlier this year the creative's unbridled genius was showcased by Sydney Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, as it presented for the first time Gogos's elaborate, handmade, embroidered, flat wall art in 'Un/constrained', Gogos's first solo exhibition, comprising an intricate series of technicolour, mixed media artworks created in his studio at the Powerhouse Museum.
After “running on adrenaline” throughout a jam-packed year, the GQ Men of the Year awards have been the icing on the cake for Gogos.
“My whole family were very emotional, watching the live updates of the award night. Mum couldn’t believe it. She kept saying; “I’m just a hairdresser from Engadine!” says Gogos.
“It has been such an amazing honour.”
Once an annual event, this year’s GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss. was the first of its kind since 2019, held at Sydney’s Crown, overlooking the harbour. A special Men of the Year collector’s edition magazine will be available exclusively in The Australian newspaper on Friday November 25, where you can read full-length features on the winners.