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April 21 2014

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Goodbye To All That: Mary Katrantzou On Her Memories of Central Saint Martins

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This month, London’s Central Saint Martins school—one of the globe’s best fashion training grounds—leaves its long-held Charing Cross Road building (pictured) and moves to a new complex on Kings Cross. Style.com reporter Katharine Zarrella spoke with some of the school’s most distinguished alumni about their memories of the Soho space, running throughout the week. Today, Mary Katrantzou shares her story.

Mary Katrantzou: BA Textile Design and MA Fashion, Print Pathway, 2008

“Charing Cross Road is a special building that has such a strong presence because of all the great people that have walked its rooms. It’s not glamorous, but then, why should it be? It has history and character and also the most inspirational mentors you can ever find. I found a great mentor in Louise Wilson and also my print tutor, Fleet Bigwood. I remember the area behind the library where we used to smoke and talk about fashion. You felt special being in a building that has such history and was host to the education of alumni that you aspired to be like. My most embarrassing memory was Louise Wilson commenting in front of the entire MA on me being absent one day. I must have taken the day off to recoup after talking Sarah Mower to death on her preview visit! I also used to wear a monochrome black uniform. At that time it was accessorized with a belt. Louise banned it, so the belt was dropped.”

Pictured left: A look from Katrantzou’s Central Saint Martins graduate collection.

Photos: David Rhys Jones (CSM exterior); Courtesy of CSM (Katrantzou graduate collection)

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