“I can create possibility out of impossibility, surrealism out of realism and both vice versa.” (Mary Katranzhou)
Mary Katrantzou’s collections are known for her kaleidoscopic, hyper-real prints and demi-couture artistry,
in recent seasons pushing the boundaries of surface manipulation and textile innovation. Her designs, evening gowns,
day dresses, statement sweaters, mini skirts and tailored trousers, demonstrate innovation, craftsmanship and a uniquely identifiable aesthetic.
Graduating from her BA in 2005, Katrantzou shifted her direction from textile design to womenswear with a focus on print.
When studying at Central Saint Martin’s, she became interested in the way that printed textiles can change the shape
of a woman’s body and went on to graduate in MA Fashion from Central Saint Martins with distinction.
Katrantzou’s graduating show in 2008 mapped out her signature style.
Print, being so visual, has allowed her 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.
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.