known for her signature
vibrant colours and innovative print motifs.
For her a/w 2013 collection,
Ms. Katrantzou embarked on a different design directive:
an absence of colour.
As the palette is primarily monochromic, the emphasis is on
form, shape and silhouette.
This exciting collection is
inspired by the works of modernist American photographers
Edward Steichen and Alfred Steiglitz.
(images from metmuseum.org):
Voulangis by Edward Steichen, 1902
The Pond – Moonrise by Edward Steichen, 1904
(image from getty.edu):
The Hand of Man by Alfred Steiglitz, 1902
(image from metmuseum.org):
The Steerage by Alfred Steiglitz, 1907
Through manipulation of light and shadow,
Steichen portrayed images of haunting beauty.
This technique, referred to in art study as chiaroscuro,
produces arresting pictorials.
Steiglitz created visual narratives of provocative themes.
Ms. Katrantzou’s combined referencing of these two progressive artists
is expertly achieved to dramatic and stunning effect.
Reminiscent of past Katrantzou are a few hints of colour, shine, print.
Ms. Katrantzou’s design sensibilities.
Mary Katrantzou, a/w 2013