Mary Katrantzou’s AW 10/11 collection was based around 18th century portraiture and in particular Madame de Pompadour and the paintings of Fragonard and Nattier. At Mary Katrantzou’s exhibition space, she revealed to me ‘The prints are baroque inspired. I wanted to challenge myself by taking dresses the women and men used to wear and make it relevant for a 21st century woman’
‘Due to the excessiveness of the 18th century it seemed necessary to integrate lace, frills and twists to the silhouette, and fragment it slightly in a way thats still modern, to add fantasy into the collection’
Katrantzou, whose expertise lies within textiles and print wanted to evolve from her SS10 collection, and create something more sophisticated than a graphics on a plain shaped shift dresses. This time she used added ruffles of tulle and lace softening her look. layered graphics stayed away from her previous symmetrical style signature prints, there were new cuts, silhouettes and tailored pieces. Gorgeous embellishments and strategically placed medals made of gold.
As still a fairly new designer, Katrantzou is definitely standing out on the scene with her signature looks, developing new elements and styles within each collection.