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Mary Katrantzou. Azalea dress from Spring-Summer 2018. Courtesy of the artist

MARY KATRANTZOU

Mary, Queen of Prints

14 JANUARY - 23 MARCH 2018

Mary, Queen of Prints explores the catalogue of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. Katrantzou has made her mark on the fashion industry beginning with her graduation show in 2008, which featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewelry on jersey-bonded dresses. Her work has since become defined by wit and whimsy paired with sophistication. Diverse inspirations for her collections range from the pages of Architectural Digest and Fantasia to the amphora of Ancient Greece. The designer is known for her use of technology to push the spectrum of possibility—creating intricate and unexpected textiles made desirable through her feminine silhouettes. Katrantzou plays with clashing aesthetics, yet creates harmonious assemblages of images by mixing technology and craftsmanship, while exploring opulent, innovative embellishments.

 

This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Katrantzou’s brand, from garments to accessories and textiles. The works offer an exploration of the designer’s architectural tailoring and inventive techniques. Grouped according to color instead of chronology, the exhibition aims to highlight Katrantzou’s skill as a colorist and her use of the full spectrum of the rainbow, which has been central to her aesthetic since the brand's conception.

 

Born in Athens, Mary Katrantzou studied Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BA in Textile Design and an MA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins. Katrantzou has received many accolades including the Swiss Textiles Award in recognition of her pioneering textile treatments, the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent, Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards, Harper’s Bazaar Breakthrough Designer award, and the British Fashion Award for New Establishment. She has collaborated with Adidas, Longchamp, Swarovski, and Moncler on capsule collections in addition to designing the costumes for the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera. She has been included in major fashion exhibitions including Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at the Barbican Art Gallery, Britain Creates 2012 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Manus × Machina at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mary, Queen of Prints is Katrantzou’s first solo museum exhibition.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director,

and Justine Ludwig, Deputy Director / Chief Curator

 

Major Sponsors:

 

NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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Supported by:

 

 

anonymous   DALLAS ART FAIR   BARBARA DASEKE

TAMMY COTTON HARTNETT   LAREE HULSHOFF + BEN FISCHER

CARLA MARTINENGO   GOWRI + ALEX SHARMA   MAXINE TROWBRIDGE

 

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