Athens (AFP)

Sophia Kokosalaki, one of the most famous Greek fashion designers, who has dressed stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Julie Christie, died, said Monday the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Established in London, the Greek designer, born in 1972, also counted among her clients Kate Hudson, Cristina Ricci, Tilda Swinton, Jennifer Connelly, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Diane Kruger.

"It is extremely sad to learn the death of a young person, a creative mind, a dynamic woman who has succeeded by herself and shined for twenty years in the hard and competitive world of international fashion," said Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni.

Chosen to create the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, she dressed Hollywood stars with her clothes and jewelry often inspired by ancient Greece.

"What a huge loss for the world of fashion ... Your talent was out of the ordinary," wrote his compatriot Vassilis Zoulias the creator on Instagram.

Originally from Crete but born in Athens, Sophia Kokosalaki studied Greek and English literature at the University of Athens before settling in London, where she studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins Fashion School.

The designer has recently experienced health problems, according to media reports.

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