Mary Katrantzou, a Greek designer, is known for her artistry in textile design. After studying at some of the most prestigious art schools in America (Rhode Island School of Design) and London (Central Saint Martins), she earned a sponsorship from the British Fashion Council to create her first six seasons. Since then, the fashion industry has breathlessly awaited each of Katrantzou’s new designs.
Since her first collection hit the runways in 2009, Mary Katrantzou’s designs have captivated the fashion world. Combining vibrant, chaotic prints and patterns with staggering silhouettes, the Athens-born designer creates pieces that are as much art as they are clothing.
Complex digital prints and sculptural designs draw inspiration from a variety of seemingly unlikely sources – Faberge eggs and Victorian interiors, Girl Scout badges and vintage lampshades. Despite this riot of elements, Katrantzou always manages to bring her pieces together through shape, pattern, form and color, the end result breathtaking and original.
Katrantzou is inspired by a cacophony of texture and architecture – her father was a textile designer, her mother an interior designer – both of which she studied while in school. Called the “queen of digital print,” the designer names art as an integral part of her design aesthetic, essential to the brand identity she is trying to establish. And establish it she has. Katrantzou creates wearable art in each and every collection she puts forth, in pieces unique yet cohesive.
Since then, she’s collaborated with Longchamp and recently started designing handbags of her own. The ‘MVK’ bag became a celebrity favorite immediately after launching.
Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection is inspired by Pangaea, evoking movement, that pulling and shifting of once-static objects. The silhouettes are soft, fluid, rendered in light fabrics such as summer wool and weightless tulle. In this line, Katrantzou combines the organic and the geometric, the abstract and the rigid, meshing together interesting textiles and shapes to form a complex puzzle of design.
Katrantzou says she is inspired by women who can blur the line between design and art, who enjoy merging mismatched objects. She has traveled extensively, journeys which are evident in her designs, whether in the print of a fog-enveloped Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or a meandering road through the idyllic countryside.
In addition, she’s recently launched a collaboration with Adidas which is making waves editorially.