Having launched her eponymous collection in 2008, London designer Mary Katrantzou quickly garnered industry acclaim and a cult following for her signature trompe l’oeil prints and structured silhouettes. She secured 15 international stockists such as Colette and Joyce following her debut presentation at London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2009.
Katrantzou has since been stocked at over 200 retailers. In 2010, Katrantzou was awarded the coveted Swiss Textiles award, followed by a British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear.
Having initially attended the Rhode Island School of Design in America to pursue a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Katrantzou transferred to Central Saint Martins completing her degree in fashion design, followed by a master’s degree. The Greek native developed her unique design aesthetic throughout her studies, completed internships for designer Sophia Kokosalaki, and produced prints as a freelance designer for Bill Blass. In 2008, Katrantzou was selected to open the Central Saint Martins graduate show, where her collection was nominated for a Harrods and L’Oréal Professionnel award. The emerging designer secured NEWGEN funding from the British Fashion Council for six consecutive seasons starting with an an exhibition for Spring/Summer 2009.
Katrantzou has entered into two significant collaborations since the launch of her label, starting with a collection for Topshop released in February 2011 and a range of signature bags and totes for French handbag label Longchamp.