Mary Katrantzou has won the 2015 British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award. The London-based fashion/accessories designer, known for her bold colors and digital prints, is the first woman to receive the award since its inception in 2008.
Jewelry Sets the Stage
Katrantzou was born in Athens in 1983 to an interior designer mother and textile design worker father. After studying briefly in the U.S., she graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins with a degree in textile design. Katrantzou’s graduation show in 2008 defined her signature style. It featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewelry on jersey dresses, pieces that created the illusion of wearing giant neckpieces that would be too heavy in reality. She also designed real pieces of jewelry made out of wood and metal that were exact replicas of the prints.
According to her website, “Mary Katrantzou’s thematic collections revolve around icons of luxury, looking for the filtered beauty within it; an object from art or design that a woman would not be able to wear if it were real.”
A Meteoric Rise
Katrantzou’s first ready-to-wear collection debuted at London Fashion Week in Spring/Summer 2009, with the help of the BFC. From there, she was able to sell her line to Browns, Joyce, and Colette. Today, her bold collections can be found in more than 250 international stores and boutiques. Her designs are also available online at modaoperandi.com and net-a-porter.com, and they are often worn by celebrities at red-carpet events.
Partnering with Swarovski
Katrantzou has collaborated with Atelier Swarovski on a fine jewelry collection. She has also partnered with The Swarovski Collective for seven seasons, working together to push the boundaries of textile design.
Using Swarovski crystals to give her garments heightened texture, Katrantzou uses modern craftsmanship to explore surrealism vs. realism, a theme present throughout all her collections.
Congratulations to Mary Katrantzou, winner of the 2015 BFA/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award.