Print, being so visual, has allowed Mary Katrantzou to create her own distinctive world but in the visual language that she creates, colour texture and shape are equally important to print; creating something new, something innovative and something that people will appreciate for its intelligent design aesthetic, as well as its function. Each print is designed around the garment, and the garment simultaneously around the print.
“Print can be as definitive as a cut or a drape and allows a woman to filter beauty found in design, in a subversive way. All my prints are constructed through digital technology. Digital print allows me to experiment with print in a way that fine art and other methods could not. It opens up a huge spectrum for possibility; I can create possibility out of impossibility, surrealism out of realism and both vice versa.” says Mary.
Mary Katrantzou was born in Athens in 1983, then she moved to America to study for a BA in Architecture at the Rhode Island school of design, before transferring to Central Saint Martins to complete her BA degree in womenswear with a focus on print. When studying at Central Saint Martin’s, she became interested in the way that printed textiles can change theshape of a woman’s body and went on to graduate in MA Fashion from Central Saint Martins with distinction.
Her first ready-to-wear collection debuted at London Fashion Week in Spring Summer 2009.
Mary received the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2010, and in November 2011 she was awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear. In February 2012, Mary was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards, and was also awarded Designer of the Year at the British Fashion awards last year. At this year’s British Fashion Awards, Katrantzou is nominated for the New Establishment Award.