ZURICH — Mary Katrantzou won the 2010 Swiss Textiles Award at a lavish ceremony here, scooping up the prize of 100,000 euros, or $142,150 at current exchange rates, aimed at helping the winner launch an international career.
Katrantzou, who is of Greek origin, was selected Thursday night by an eight-member judging panel for her featured spring 2011 bold, eye-catching patterns and playful graphic art, including trompe l’oeil; for instance, the image of a furnished room on her dresses. Katrantzou beat five other finalists, including Adam Kimmel from the U.S., U.K.-based Nigerian Duro Olowu and Korea’s Juun J.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"