Mary Katrantzou bags a history-making spot on the British Fashion Council's NEWGEN committee. Exciting.
Mary Katrantzou has made fashion history, as she becomes the first ever designer to join the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN committee.
The London-based designer met with the prestigious board today, just as she launches her first e-commerce store, to begin selecting the initiative’s sponsorship candidates for autumn/winter 2014.
Having won the coveted prize in 2009, Mary has become a must-see designer on the London Fashion Week schedule, launched a sell-out collection for Topshop and is a go-to for celebrities like Keira Knightley and Michelle Dockery.
‘I could not have managed to get where I am today without the support of the BFC and the NEWGEN scheme,’ Mary said.
‘They gave me the opportunity to pick up prestigious stockists such as Joyce and Colette from my first season. NEWGEN is an unparalleled scheme and it is an honour to be included on the panel.’
Sarah Mower, BFC ambassador for emerging talent and chair of the NEWGEN selection committee, praised the designer, adding: ‘I’m thrilled that Mary Katrantzou has agreed to join our NEWGEN selection panel, as she’s really our ideal poster-girl for how much an original talent can achieve through the scheme.’
‘Mary started out selling just a handful of printed shift dresses with NEWGEN at the first London Showroom in Paris in 2009 – now she exports all over the world. She will add the invaluable perspective of someone who knows exactly what it’s like, and what it takes, to be a young entrepreneurial designer.’
Big congratulations to Mary Katrantzou, we couldn’t think of a more deserving designer.