People often talk about how fashion can be art and vice versa, but what if art were photographs that could be prints that can be worn? That all sounds confusing, but London based Mary Katrantzou is doing just that with her glorious array of dresses, shirts and skirts under her own name.
Showing in Paris since 2010 and having graduated from Central Saint Martin’s, the Grecian-born designer was working with photographs on textiles well before it was the thing to do. Now, her designs are sold in exclusive boutiques Luisa via Roma and Net-A-Porter and her signature prints are cherished by Vogue editors globally.
More of a craftsman than a designer, Mary creates a sculpture garment that comes out of the image that is printed on. Think architectural photographs with embellishments that take the shape of interior decor, or floral photographs that feature 3D bursts of flowers in the shape of petals and studs. More than a work of art, Mary’s designs are a work of magic. Pardon the cliche.
Author > Retna Wooller