August 22 2014

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Mary Katrantzou’s Big Day


It’s been a busy season for Mary Katrantzou.

In addition to celebrating the fifth anniversary of her label; creating a capsule collection for Adidas Original (set to hit stores this November); launching her e-commerce site in the U.S.; and, of course, showcasing her Fall collection, the London-based designer has just made her first foray into bridalwear, designing her debut bespoke wedding gown for Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, former financial analyst and cofounder of the Walkabout Foundation.

In lieu of kaleidoscopic prints and geometric patterns (she is, after all, known as the “queen of digital prints,” though she took a break from them in her most recent collection), Katrantzou decided to focus on movement, creating a modern yet timeless gown using 120 meters of chiffon muslin—each layer hemmed with bridal horsehair—a full crinoline underskirt, and a racerback bodice.

“When we designed Carolina’s dress, we started sketching options and then incorporating elements of designs she was interested in, but the dress constantly evolved in every fitting,” Katrantzou said.

As for designing her own wedding dress, Katrantzou said she’d consider it. “I would be open to something classic and timeless, but speaking from experience, I think it’s difficult to say what the final result would look like.”

The final fitting—and shots of Gonzalez-Bunster twirling about in the frothy, ruffled gown—can be seen in an exclusive video, directed by Alex Bramall, which debuts here on

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