Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, who was born in Athens in 1983, pays tribute to her native country Greece. She combined designs from her own archive with paintings of Greek history, innovative fabrics, highly decorative details and Sixties pop-art influences. After experimenting for a few seasons, the 33-year old fashion designer returns to her signature Trompe L’oeil prints, hourglass silhouettes, clashing vibrant colours and peplums and long, tapered skirts.
Beautifully embroidered cocktail dresses were worn over figure-sculpting, long-sleeved psychedelic bodies. Hellenic motifs were imaginatively referenced in Mycenaean pottery patterns that ran down pleated evening skirts and the silhouettes of Minoan women embroidered on jackets and bodices.
It’s fascinating to discover designs of an ancient European civilisation mixed with 3-D prints. In the last few years, Dolce & Gabbana often included Ancient Greece in their collections.
VIDEO: MARY KATRANTZOU FASHION SHOW SPRING/SUMMER 2017
Mary Katrantzou’s Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show took place on 18 September 2016 at Soho’s Brewer Street car park, the BFC’s show space, London.
MARY KATRANTZOU SPRING 2017
Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou
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