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MARY KATRANTZOU

FASHION DESIGNER

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou is a visionary Greek-born fashion designer whose innovative and artistic approach to fashion has earned her international acclaim and recognition. Dubbed “The Queen of Print” by the press, a moniker that recognized the  enormous influence of her work in the medium, Katrantzou’s work changed the face of twenty-first century fashion, inspiring high fashion and high street designers alike. In her designs, Katrantzou plays with clashing aesthetics, mixes technology and artisanship and explores opulent innovative embellishments.

 

Her early exposure to design and creativity came from her mother, an interior designer, whose early influence ignited her passion for the visual arts and design. After completing her undergraduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she went on to earn a master’s degree in fashion from Central Saint Martins.

Known for her bold and imaginative approach to design, Mary Katrantzou consistently pushes the boundaries of fashion by combining unexpected elements, textures, and colors. Her work blurs the lines between art and fashion, often turning the human body into a canvas for her creations. She has redefined the possibilities of print and textile design, inspiring a new generation of designers to think outside the box. and exploring the potential of digital technology in fashion.

 

Katrantzou is the recipient of the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent, the Elle Young Designer of the Year award, the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund grant, the Glamour Designer of the Year award, the Harper’s Bazaar Breakthrough Designer award, and the British Fashion Award for New Establishment Designer, among others. Her designs have been worn by notable women including Cate Blanchett, Beyoncé, Lizzo, Michelle Obama, Kylie Minogue, Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi  Campbell, Jane Fonda, Lupita Nyong’o and Zendaya.

Prestigious collaborations have included capsule collections with Bulgari, Moncler, Longchamp, Topshop, and Adidas Originals; and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera, and the Greek National Opera Ballet. Katrantzou’s work has been exhibited at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert museum in London.

“It's almost surreal that she is capable of producing such distinct, accomplished bodies of work with such regularity.”

-Vogue
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COLLABORATIONS

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Bulgari x Mary Katrantzou: Garden of Eden
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Bulgari x Mary Katrantzou: Garden of Eden

“I love being able to act as curator and select the most incredible details found in their archives, and in turn compose an intricate and fantastical tableau.”

-Mary Katrantzou
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Bulgari: Serpenti 'Through the Eyes of Mary Katrantzou'
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Bulgari: Serpenti 'Through the Eyes of Mary Katrantzou'

“Serpenti to me is a symbol of femininity, transformation and rebirth, its symbolic nature dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek mythology. The Serpenti sheds its skin to allow for further growth and this idea of metamorphosis became the inspiration for our collaboration. Everyone experiences their own journey of growth and we all go through some type of metamorphosis through life. It is the reason Serpenti holds so much meaning.’’

-Mary Katrantzou
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Bulgari x Mary Katrantzou: Omnia Perfume
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Bulgari x Mary Katrantzou: Omnia Perfume

“For this collaboration, I re-imagined the Omnia bottle as a sculptural vase holding a bouquet of flowers and colors.”

-Mary Katrantzou
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Beyoncé x Mary Katrantzou: Global Citizen Festival
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Beyoncé x Mary Katrantzou: Renaissance World Tour

“We wanted the outfit to represent both Beyoncé's energy and grace on stage, while celebrating the diversity of Africa.”

-Mary Katrantzou
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“What inspires me the most in my work is the power of storytelling – the ability to create a visual narrative that can transport people.”

-Mary Katrantzou

"It's always exciting to work with a company that pushes the boundaries of what they do and Moncler helped us do that."

-Mary Katrantzou

“We are bringing the foremost Greek fashion designer to the Greek National Opera for the first time: the internationally celebrated Mary Katrantzou, who is redefining the very notion of a ballet costume in her own, unique way.”

-Konstantinos Rigos, Director, Greek National Opera Ballet

After visiting the Villeroy & Boch headquarters I was fascinated by the incredible mosaics that were part of their archival historic designs and had elements that referenced Victorian designs. We decided to bring them back into this collection as a nod to their own heritage and a way to create an interplay between our respective archival designs.”

-Mary Katrantzou
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The Rug Company x Mary Katrantzou

“By drawing inspiration from our archival prints, our intention is to create beautiful rugs that resemble works of Art and permeate a sense of timelessness in one’s space”.

-Mary Katrantzou
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Nick Knight x Mary Katrantzou 

“It’s something like a mad dash through a wonderland in which nothing is quite as it seems, and it serves as a positive affirmation of the revolutionary influence of digital techniques in both design and filmmaking.”

-It’s Nice That

"My work is about perception and perspective and filtering beauty through design to allow women to stand out. I wanted to turn that on its head and look at the ‘foundation’ that we wear as women, underneath the clothes I usually design in my collections. Underwear is the first protective layer that has the ability to reinforce a woman’s confidence.”

-Mary Katrantzou

“Longchamp’s Pliage and tote bags are the perfect canvas to engineer a print.”

-Mary Katrantzou

“Katrantzou reworked Adidas’ iconic looks to wild effect.”

-Vogue

“It signifies a different direction in my own work, where I am trying to flatten the space between photography and illustration, by eliminating photographic elements and painting on different surfaces and colors in post-production, attempting to move closer towards painting itself, in process and form.”

-Erik Madigan Heck

“Together we have completely transformed Moose Knuckles’ signature jackets with Mary’s incredible selection of rich fabrications and exclusive custom prints designs.”

-Tu Ly, Design Director, Moose Knuckles

“The Topshop x Mary Katrantzou collab is aces.”

-Refinery29

“Katrantzou gives Snow White's seven dwarves the haute makeover they've been missing.”

-Vogue
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“To watch ballet is in essence to confront the human body, and this Ms. Katrantzou firmly grasped.”

-The New York Times
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Opéra National de Paris x Mary Katrantzou: Entre Chien et Loup
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Opéra National de Paris x Mary Katrantzou: Entre Chien et Loup

“With lovely costumes by the Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, the piece is a benchmark for creative collaborations.”

-The New York Times
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MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS

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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion, Design Museum
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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion, Design Museum

“The show is about the moment their talent was recognized. It’s about their fearlessness and energy and vitality. It’s about London as a creative powerhouse.”

-Tim Marlow, Director, Design Museum
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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today, Design Museum
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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today, Design Museum
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Swarovski: Masters of Light, MoCA Shanghai
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Swarovski: Masters of Light, MoCA Shanghai

“It is very emotional for me to see all these astonishing pieces together in our first brand exhibition, which is a celebration of craftsmanship and savoir-faire in every creative discipline.”

-Giovanna Engelbert, Creative Director, Swarovski
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Camp: Notes on Fashion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Camp: Notes on Fashion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Camp is no longer secretive, no longer claustrophobic – and, as extravagant as it sounds, visitors can feel the physical effect of that liberation as the air around them becomes cooler and easier to breathe.”

-The Independent
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Femme Fatales: Strong Women in Fashion, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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Femme Fatales: Strong Women in Fashion, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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Kaleidoscope Karantzou: 10 Years in Fashion, SCAD FASH
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Kaleidoscope Karantzou: 10 Years in Fashion, SCAD FASH

“By experiencing extraordinary, world-class exhibitions at SCAD FASH, students observe the work of global fashion superstars.”

-Paula Wallace, President and Co-Founder, SCAD
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Mary, Queen of Prints, Dallas Contemporary

“It offered a rare opportunity to look at garments from Mary’s earliest collections to her latest in direct conversation with one another.”

-Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions, Dallas Contemporary
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EDITORIAL

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FASHION SHOWS

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“Katrantzou's mastery of her craft is so complete that each collection is more enthralling than the one before.”

-Vogue
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“The luxury of craftsmanship is exactly what Katrantzou delivers.”

-Vogue
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“In Mary Katrantzou's hands, even nature becomes a fabrication – a moment in time immortalized in cloth. Each garment is a world in its own right.”

-Dezeen
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“Her graphics blur reality with fantasy, re-engineering nature to frame the female body.”

-Dezeen
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