Mary Katrantzou at David Jones

20 . 03 . 2013


David Jones together with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival were thrilled to welcome award winning designer Mary Katrantzou to Melbourne to sit front row at the Festival’s Opening Event presented by David Jones and supported by Vogue Australia as David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox opened the show in her latest collection.

Following the Opening Event, Mary headed to the flagship David Jones Melbourne store on Bourke Street for an intimate event hosted by Vogue Australia’s Editor-in-chief, Edwina McCann. With David Jones top customers, VIP’s and Melbourne’s most fashionable people all in attendance Mary discussed what inspires her and her designs and what she thought of Australian fashion.

Katrantzou’s spring summer 2013 collection ‘Tour de Force’ inspired by postage stamps and obsolete banknotes was showcased at the intimate event as Mary shared her inspiration for the collection “I wanted to play with unique fabrications that created new textures and aesthetic qualities. For me the most important factor when designing is creating something new, something innovative and something that people will appreciate for its intelligent design aesthetic, as well as its function. It’s important to be in sync with your times and create something that is relevant but also can shape how people want to dress in the future.

Renowned for her innovation in graphic prints, precision engineering and innovative shapes, Mary has been labelled a ‘breakthrough’ designer of recent seasons and has collaborated with brands including Longchamp, Topshop and Christian Louboutin.

Born in Athens in 1983 to an interior designer mother and an entrepreneur father, Mary moved to America where she completed a BA in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, before transferring to Central Saint Martins to complete her BA Degree in Textile Design and MA in Fashion.

Mary Katrantzou’s first ready-to-wear collection debuted at London Fashion Week in spring/summer 2009, where she picked up 15 prestigious stockists including Browns, Joyce and Colette, and went on to achieve show status the following season.

Her thematic collection revolves around an icon of luxury, an object from art or design that a woman would not be able to wear if it were real. Mary has based her collections on perfume bottles, artisan blown glass, interiors and objects of Art, while keeping the printed image central to her aesthetic. She now boasts over 250 stockists worldwide including Joyce, Colette, Selfridges, Barneys and David Jones, the exclusive Australian department store stockist.

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