Mary Katrantzou SPRING 2020 READY-TO-WEAR

A show which touched on the values of couture to project the living resonance of Greek culture throughout Western civilization—the capstone to a fashion season which has often sought to bring the emotional and rational meanings of the past to present relevance.

Much has been talked about escapism and craftsmanship as a justification for high-skilled fashion, but Katranzou’s show was a joining of the other argument that concerns young designers: that fashion should also somehow serve the concerns of humanity and community. Katrantzou had joined hands with Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis to raise funds on a national and international platform for the Elpida Association, her charity for children with cancer, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“I wanted to use ideas that were birthed here, in the 5th century before Christ when the temple was built,” Katrantzou said, “philosophy, theology, biology, astronomy, trigonometry. Ideas that are so abstract—words that were birthed here two and a half thousand years ago—and the wonder that they can be so relevant today.” (