Mary Katrantzou became part of the Swarovski Collective with her Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, which coincided with her London Fashion Week catwalk debut. Katrantzou has been a pivotal part of the Collective for nine seasons since, and continues to break boundaries with her innovative use of crystal.
aw 2015 collection
Mary Katrantzou's AW 2015 collection played with bold color and tactile textures from plastic embellishments to geometric shapes, beautiful crystal embroidery and decorative flocking. Models even walked a catwalk made of bright pink foam.
ss 2015 collection
Dazzling collages, fantastical crystal jewelry and embroidered shapes inspired by tectonic plates and natural forces of beauty and creation captured the spirit of Pangaea in Mary Katrantzou's collection.
A color palette comprising earthy, pastel and deep rich tones featured across soft, fluid fabrics such as light tulle. Baby doll dresses were constructed with intricate panelling and pleats, while fantastical creatures from earth and sea appeared on lace appliqué motifs. Swarovski crystal embroidery added another dimension to the collection and was embedded into a series of shirt dresses and spectacular gowns.
"The new chapter in the development of the Swarovski Collective is an exciting one, and something we are very honored to be part of" Mary Katrantzou.
aw 2014 collection
Mary Katrantzou drew inspiration from a cornucopia of ancient and modern symbols for her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection in which her signature digital prints were notably absent. Geometric shapes, encrusted with crystal, adorned a series of chainmail dresses which took their cue from butcher’s aprons, while crystal encrusted badges and Tiki characters adorned jumpers and dresses.
ss 2014 collection
Mary Katrantzou drew inspiration from footwear, including trainers, leather brogues and Marie Antoinette-style embroidered evening slippers for her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Katrantzou plays with scale and techniques of laminating and embossing plastic, perspex and silicon to recreate elements found on shoes, while Swarovski crystal is integrated across floral dresses to suggest 3D fabric.
aw 2013 collection
“The Swarovski Collective has allowed me to be innovative and creative. We use Swarovski crystals to give the garments heightened texture; elevating the ideas we have about modern craftsmanship. The silhouettes that we use reflect that decoration and take the pieces to a demi couture level.” – Mary Katrantzou
ss 2013 collection
“It is always a great challenge to push myself and my team creatively, using Swarovski in an innovative way and elevating the craftsmanship that is so important to the collection. Being part of the Collective inspires you to create something new. It is a great selection of designers and we are very happy to be part of the Swarovski family.” – Mary Katrantzou
aw 2012 collection
Mary Katrantzou sought inspiration from the beauty found in everyday objects such as pencils and typewriters. Structured silhouettes, fluid chiffon baby doll dresses and luxurious knitwear were spectacularly hand-embroidered with Swarovski Elements, in collaboration with the French Haute Couture Embroidery House, Lesage.
SS 2012 collection
“Swarovski Elements outline the depth of colour and provide a definitive addition of luxury. They also help me build on the hand crafted pieces that have a very refined aesthetic.” – Mary Katrantzou
aw 2011 collection
aw 2010 collection
“This season, we used Swarovski in the snuffbox section of the collection, bringing to life all the intricate prints that were based on crystal encrusted snuffboxes. The collection was inspired by 18th century portraits of women and their attire. The social status of these women was reflected in these portraits andthe Swarovski crystals really elevated the prints. It was excessive but refined or the 21st century woman.” – Mary Katrantzou