The Color of Money
Fresh from her Spring 2013 runway show in London, Mary Katrantzou takes us behind the scenes of her latest collection and talks crystal embroidery, the beauty of money, and architectural fashion.
Released on 6/13/2013
[Mary] I don't want it to be money, money, money.
It's not about the money.
So this season I started with a theme of world history
and I was thumbing through a lot of postage stamps
and I thought it's really interesting
'cause it's just a piece of paper.
And it is a means of exchange
and it does transcend time and space.
And I thought paper money and these are just pieces of paper
that have world leaders on, or animals, or flowers,
or anything that has some cultural significance
for the country that's using them.
And just looking at removing it from the real use
in the world and just looking at the beauty
of these patterns.
We wanted these looks to be beautiful
and not political in any, any way.
They're part of our daily life that
in the future may become extinct
so there's something about collecting that.
That's how it started, in any case.
I took kind of an indirect route to fashion
because I started in architecture.
As I evolved as a designer,
I started using a lot more textural elements in my work,
a lot more architectural shapes in my work,
and that's when I think our relationship
of working with Swarovski became more interesting
because you could start creating embroidery,
and using the crystals to create shapes.
This season we wanted to push that further,
and work with crystal mesh that we've never used before,
and again try to find ways to integrate that.
I really like the brocade this season
just because it's very different for me.
I've always done print, and when I didn't do print,
I did just embroidery, when I didn't do embroidery,
I did knitwear.
Brocade is a whole new world for me to explore
and I think the integration with crystals
really makes it very unique.
And we felt that that integration
with the Swarovski crystal mesh
was a lot more natural.
For anyone looking at the garments,
forget it is about money,
just look at beautiful colors and forms.
And so it's really beautiful and pastelly and non-printed,
which is a new step for us.
I haven't put a full stop, full stop.
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