The designer has maintained a relationship to Swarovski crystal throughout her career, from her earliest collections, featuring daring trompe-l’oeils and Swarovski detailing, to the structured looks created in collaboration with the prestigious Maison Lesage. Katrantzou was a member of the Swarovski Collective for nine seasons, and continues to break boundaries with her expressive, innovative use of crystal in her fashion collections and accessories.
Born in Athens, Greece, designer Mary Katrantzou spent her childhood in a deeply creative household. Her mother was an interior designer and her father, a seasoned entrepreneur. She moved to America for a BA in Architecture at the Rhode Island school of design, before transferring to Central Saint Martins to complete her BA degree in textile design, later graduating with distinction.
Moving from fashion collaborations and into jewelry in 2011, Katrantzou partnered with Atelier Swarovski for an eclectic Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, with faceted, tonal crystals jutting out from designs.
Combining a technical virtuosity and a personal spin on the latest cut-out trend , the designer’s most recent collaboration saw the designer creating a bespoke dress for Anna Wintour’s The Met Gala 2016 worn by journalist Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis The gown featured arrows and other laser-cut designs, raised in flower shapes and topped with Swarovski crystal hearts and stars, giving the gown its futuristic 3D effect.
Katrantzou and Swarovski celebrate 8 years of partnership with a new collaboration for the designer’s upcoming show at London Fashion Week, with Swarovski crystals integrated into looks from her Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
Swarovski continues to celebrate the top talents in the industry through offering designers both financial and material support, and to empower creative visionaries through partnerships in the worlds of fashion, art, jewelry and beyond.