MY MOODBOARD The Bauhaus in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Mary Ka­trant­zou’s art­ful A/W 18 col­lec­tion

For her lat­est col­lec­tion, Mary Ka­trant­zou was in­flu­enced by Wil­liam Mor­ris and the Bauhaus

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Ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion proved rich sources of in­spi­ra­tion for Mary Ka­trant­zou’s A/W 18 show in the brand’s 10th-an­niver­sary year. ‘I started by ex­plor­ing Vic­to­rian in­te­ri­ors and the era’s fas­ci­na­tion with or­na­men­ta­tion; the beauty of cur­tain drapes, the ge­om­e­try of 19th-cen­tury tiles and the begin­ning of the Arts and Crafts move­ment,’ says the de­signer. The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion is a rich col­lage of ta­pes­try, jux­ta­posed with mono­chrome pat­tern and pointil­list paint­ing. On vel­vet dresses, Wil­liam Mor­ris’ sig­na­ture ro­man­tic flo­ral de­signs have been over­laid with graphic print and sym­bols taken from the Bauhaus. ‘I wanted to ex­plore the dis­ci­plines of mod­ernism, which cul­mi­nated in the in­dus­trial model of liv­ing,’ Ka­trant­zou ex­plains. The ef­fect of such un­ex­pected con­trast is both thought-pro­vok­ing and thrilling: the Bauhaus it­self would have dubbed it a Ge­samtkunst­werk – a to­tal work of art. char­lotte davey

Above: the MaryKa­trant­zou A/W 18 moodboard. Be­low left: looks fromthe col­lec­tion

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