Saturday, February 25, 2012

Elevating the Mundane to the Sublime; Mary Katrantzou A/W 2012

A pencil, a spoon, a hanger, a chess piece, a typewriter, an hedge: for autumn/winter 2012 Mary Katrantzou discovers the beauty in the everyday, transforming the banal into a stunning collection where product placement becomes placement print.

As always with Katrantzou, a simple concept becomes dazzling in execution: engineered around complex shapes, lavishly embellished or knitted into the fabric of the dresses themselves. No sequin is left unturned. With the collaboration of the Parisian couture embroidery house Lesage, a selection of one-of-a kind pieces is produced. Victorian bustles, hints of Elizabethan corsetry and elaborate, intricately shapes offer ample canvas for decorative exuberance. Pencils and erasers jump from print to starling reality.

Consistently, continually pushing her visionary technique forward, Mary Katrantzou creates a paen to pure color, potent print, and the wildest reaches of the human imagination. As she pointed out "Color is the fruit of life," a quote from Guillaume Apollinaire.

Mary Katrantzou
Autumn / Winter 2012

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