Mary Katrantzou attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Greece, where she was born, and studied Architecture before transferring her degree to London Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design were she enrolled in both a BA and MA in fashion. In 2008, her collection opened the Central Saint Martins graduate show. The digital print trompe l’oeil dresses paired with matching giant wooden and metal necklaces were a big success and she was nominated for the Harrods and the L’Oreal Professional award.
Katrantzou’s first independent ready-to-wear collection for autumn/winter 2008 was shown at London Fashion Week. In November 2010, Katrantzou was named winner of the Swiss Textiles Award and a few months later she showed her collection at Aurora Fashion Week in Russia. Katrantzou then collaborated with Topshop as well as Longchamp. Not only did she collaborated with brands but also with artists as Pablo Bronstein to design the costumes for a pioneering exhibition at the Insitute of Contemporary Art in London. A turning point in her career was spring/summer 2011 when her lampshade skirt collection took London Fashion Week by storm, inspiring copy-cat collections for the high street.
In 2011, Katrantzou’s excellence in ready-to-wear was recognised at the British Fashion Awards, where she won the Emerging Talent prize.
Katrantzou was shortlisted for the BFC Vogue/Designer Fashion Fund in 2011, unveiling her debut capsule collection for Topshop shortly afterwards. In March 2012, Katrantzou turned her eyes to the international, to LA as part of the British Fashion Council’s LONDON show ROOMS. An unstoppable force in the global fashion industry, Mary Katrantzou now boasts over 100 stockists in more than 30 different countries.