Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 3

Pattern and print designer brand

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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada via Google Arts & Culture

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid, 1960-) is a fashion designer famous for her colorful, bold designs and patterns. I feel her work primarily leans towards creating an identifiable brand. Her brand has steadily expanded throughout the years (more than 100 fashion accessory licenses) and branched well beyond just clothing and garments. Agatha Ruiz de la Prada stores, found in more than 150 countries, are filled with all kinds of accessories and items bearing her iconic patterns. Every year, her collections are consistently bright, colorful and imaginative.

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou (Athens, 1983-) is a fashion and textile designer currently based in London. As I browse her website, I am immediately impressed by her complex patterns and use of vivid colors. Her Resort 2018 collection, for example, has an assortment of patterns inspired on bird feathers and a wide palette of bright colors.

Spring 2011, Mary Katrantzou

She described her Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection as being about “the room on the woman.” The prints were taken from old issues of Architectural Digest and World of Interiors, digitally worked and placed over her silhouette designs. Furthermore, accessories and textiles were applied on the garments to resemble interior details such as curtains, lampshades and candle holders.

Fall 2011, Mary Katrantzou

Her Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection, in turn, was more about “the woman in the room”. The vivid prints were inspired by luxurious collectibles such as Fabergé eggs, Meissen porcelain and Ming vases. Instead of wearing the room, the woman now belonged in the room.

All links accessed on December 23, 2017


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