Those who have been aware of Mary Katrantzou on our fashion landscape for the past few years will have come to appreciate the intricacies of her tromp-l'oeil prints and structured creations, a major asset to her personal design identity. From strength to strength, she has sought inspiration from vintage perfume bottles and blow glass, industrial architecture, Madame de Pompadour and the Rococo Military, '70s issues of The World of Interiors and Architectural Digest, Fabergé eggs, Coromandel screens and fine china. It surely is a great mix, if not a little theatrical and bold for the everyday wear or ordinary woman. Katrantzou's designs are in a league of their own, and have certainly caught the eye of Pablo Bronstein recently.
Opening its doors just yesterday, Pablo Bronstein is presenting an exhibition which, for the first time, spans across the entire Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Sketches for Regency Living draws upon London Regency history and architectural aspects of the ICA building. Drawing on her previous achievements with architectural prints and strong structured creations, Bronstein commissioned Katrantzou to design unique costumes for the retrospective programmes that reflects on Bronstein's dance works, with new choreographed performances and an original ballet. The prints depict a gold gilded clock and a grand ballroom scene to keep in with the theme of the exhibition.
Those of you interested in visiting this exhibition, it is on from 9 June 2011 - 25 September 2011 and admission is free. For how to get there, just click here.
Mary Katrantzou will be talking with Prof Louise Wilson about this collaboration tomorrow, 10th June 2011, with free admission for the public. Booking is required, but this would be a fantastic opportunity to hear from the designer herself. I'm gutting that I won't be able to make it. For all whose interested, please follow this link.