With her combined background in architecture and textile, Mary Katrantzou’s designs show the integration of 3D with 2D by playing with the idea of optical illusions and incredible sense of depth in her prints.
When her garments are worn, they move with the wearer, causing the patterns to change form upon their malleable surface. Her work reminds me of the late (and the greatest) Alexander McQueen in her constant attempt to invent a new visual language in fashion. Her creations walk the line between wearable clothing and fine art pieces that could be placed in a gallery, evident as ever in her Fall 2011 collection, shown here. In this collection, you can see her maximalist collage of Fabergé eggs, coromandel screens, Meissen porcelain, Ming vases, cloisonné enamels along with other pattern explosions. Her patterns and designs are rich and delicate. They are excessive, amplified, complex and highly intricate.
I find it hard to pick one favorite design out of Katrantzou’s creations. So I recommend that you use this opportunity to check out her entire body of work since her first debut collection. It’s an effortlessly organized chaos that is explosive, which I wish to achieve as well as she does.