Mary Katrantzou Opens 'Mary, Queen of Prints' Exhibit at Dallas Contemporary

Mary Katrantzou Opens 'Mary, Queen of Prints' Exhibit at Dallas Contemporary

Katrantzou wowed the industry with her abstract prints, for which she is now known.

Katrantzou wowed the industry with her abstract prints, for which she is now known.

Text: Megan Armstrong

Designer Mary Katrantzou, Greek-born and residing in London, now has a third home in a highly unlikely location. Opening over the weekend and running through March 18th, the Dallas Contemporary museum is honoring Katrantzou's illustrious career and celebrating her brand's 10th anniversary with an 180-piece exhibit.

Katrantzou earned the nickname 'Mary, Queen of Prints', due to her brazen approach to design, utilizing hyper-realistic prints and vibrant hues she splashed onto clothes. "Mary has been visually ahead of the curve and having a survey of 10 years' work is a way to begin to understand what 'design' means in the 21st century," Dallas Contemporary director Peter Doroshenko said.

Over the course of Katrantzou's tenure as a top-tier designer, she has continued to evolve and build from the original precedent she set when she made her runway debut for FW09, showcasing a bevy of reconfigured silhouettes fashioned with perfume bottle motifs and accessorized with mounds of jewelry. Fast forward to the British designer's most recent SS18 collection and one can see how she's been able to successfully weave a common thread through each collection without seeming repetitive, infusing her spring show with childhood objects, such as Legos, and injecting her signature take on florals.

"A lot of my collections were so thematic, so specific," Katrantzou told Vogue. "It’s nice to put them in dialogue with each other. The specificity of the seasons is left behind. She described her "narrative" as “blurring of the lines between fashion, design, and technology.”

Mary, Queen of Prints is the designer's first solo exhibit. For more information, visit Dallas Contemporary's website.

Credits: Photo via dallascontemporary.org

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