This is an initiative of the C.P. Cavafy Professorship to create a video series of interviews with creative people who self identify as Greek, and who are working to make a difference in the world. Conversations will center on their work and broader thinking about their work and place in society today. The project is a joint venture of Professor Artemis Leontis and journalist Giota Tachtara, and it incorporates audience questions in anticipation of the video interviews. Please join in the conversation with Generation G!
Mary Katrantzou, Fashion Designer
On the Future of Fashion and Creativity Inspired by Her Greek Roots
October 7, 2020
Ms. Katrantzou discusses her work in the fashion industry during the most challenging year of 2020 in an interview by VOGUE Greece editor Giota Tachtara on the basis of questions from students and the broader community.
Mary Katrantzou is a world famous award winning designer of clothing and accessories. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London. Her designs have appeared everywhere from the halls of Metropolitan Museum in New York to the ancient temple of Poseidon at Sounion in Greece. London-based, she comes from Greece, where her work also has a strong presence. “The queen of print,” she is known for redesigning fashion’s approach to textile shape, texture, and design. One of the most celebrated creators of this generation, she is called on during this very challenging era to find new ways of presenting, producing, distributing, and talking about fashion and design.
Giota Tachtara has been writing for women’s magazines, newspapers and websites since 2002. She was trained in Greece and in the US and has a MA in Print and Broadcast Journalism from UCLA. Fluent in Greek and English she has also studied Turkish and lived for a year in Istanbul. Her monthly column in VOGUE Greece explores feminism, style, inspiration and women’s everyday lives through her generation's nostalgic optimism for the future that is still yet to come.