London’s Mary Katrantzou Wins BFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

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.

2008 Jewelry Inspired prints by Mary Katrantzou

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.

Mary Katrantzou 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.”

Mary Katrantzou Sea Creatures
Sea Creatures Backstage at the Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015 Collection

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 and, 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.

Atelier Swarovski Jewellery by Mary Katrantzou 2011 | Mary Katrantzou Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals
Atelier Swarovski Jewelry by Mary Katrantzou 2011 | Mary Katrantzou Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals

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.

The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund (The Fund) was launched by British Fashion Council in September 2008 as part of the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The Fund is supported by Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, Paul Smith, Topshop and Vogue. The Fund provides one British-based designer with £200,000 [$297,490] and access to high-level mentoring support. The aim of The Fund is to assist talented British designers with the potential for commercial growth to make the transition to a global fashion brand. Since its beginnings, winners of The Fund include Erdem (2010), Christopher Kane (2011), Jonathan Saunders (2012), Nicholas Kirkwood (2013) and Peter Pilotto (2014).


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