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 250 retailers. In 2010, Katrantzou was awarded the coveted Swiss Textiles award, followed by a British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear. Recent awards include Red Carpet Award at the British Fashion Awards and in early 2015 she became the recipient of the BFC x Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Recent collections have seen Katrantzou steer her design aesthetic in a new direction, shifting from an exploration of print and precision engineering to innovating in new areas of surface and textile design. AW14 marked this shift, with the introduction of Katrantzou's first bag line - an area she has continued to explore in recent seasons.
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. Following that, the 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 several significant collaborations since the launch of her label, the most recent including the launch of a second capsule collection with adidas Originals in July this year. Previous collaborations have included costumes designed exclusively for the NYC Ballet and ranges for Moncler and Longchamp.