Mary Katrantzou on the Future of Fashion and Creativity Inspired by Her Greek Roots

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Modern Greek Program at the University of Michigan (UM) invites audience participation in advance of the interview with the award-winning, London-based, Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou by Vogue Greece editor Giota Tachtara, "On the Future of Fashion and creativity Inspired by her Greek Roots."

The interview will be recorded without an audience on October 7, and made available on the Modern Greek Program website. To participate, send your questions for Mary Katrantzou to moderngreek-requests@umich.edu by October 5.

Questions may be based on Katrantzou’s designs, their inspirations, Katrantzou's ways of seeing clothing and accessories, her career trajectory, what it's like to be a designer in times of crisis, the fashion industry, and a sustainable fashion future. Video of her spring-summer show at the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is also available online.

Mary Katrantzou graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London to the halls of Metropolitan Museum of New York and the ancient temple of Poseidon at Sounion in Greece. In a short time, her designs have redefined fashion’s approach to texture, shape and textile prints. She’s the most celebrated creator of a generation that is now called to find new ways of presenting, producing and even talking about fashion and design.

Giota Tachtara has been writing, editing and translating for numerous women’s magazines, newspapers and websites since 2002. 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.

September 29-October 5: Send your questions for Mary Katrantzou to moderngreekrequests@umich.edu.

Beginning the week of October 12: Interview will be available on UM Modern Greek website: https://lsa.umich.edu/modgreek.


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