Origin: Athens, Greece
Design background: Mary attended Rhode Island School of Design and then completed both her BA and MA at Central Saint Martins. She has previously worked for Sophia Kokosalaki and freelanced for Bill Blass, amongst other designers.
What are your design signatures?: "A hyperrealist aesthetic, bold graphics and industrial jewellery"
How would you describe the Mary Katranzou woman?: "She has a liberated spirit and a strong sense of style"
What is your trademark piece?: "For Spring/Summer 2011 it was the lampshade skirt."
Name three things that are inspiring you for Autumn/Winter 2011: "Diana Vreeland, coromandel screens and the interwar period"
What's next for your brand?: "Autumn/Winter 2011 and a collaboration with Atelier Swarvoski"
What music is playing in your studio?: "Erasure"
What encapsulates fashionable London for you?: "Somerset House during London Fashion Week"
How does London influence your designs?: "It's a constant source of energy and inspiration to live and work in London. It has a reputation for great fashion, influential museums and strong education. That all becomes part of your formation."
I am obsessed with Mary Katrantzou's designs, they're all so bold and out there without looking tacky. She digitally prints images onto an array of outfits mainly shift dresses. The reason I am covering this designer on my blog is because:
- It ties in with the work I have been set by college, don't you just love summer homework?
- Her designs are so simple and inspiring for everyone to aspire to, after practise anyone can do this!
The website won't let me copy and paste or save the pictures to my laptop in anything other that ASPX (no idea what format that is) so I can only put the links below unfortunately. You can make your opinion about her collections and tell me what you think.