Society / The Seen

A London Queen Draws a Crowd in Dallas

The City’s Elite Cannot Get Enough of This Mary

BY // 02.09.18
photography Bruno

What: Mary Katrantzou exhibition opening party

Where: Dallas Contemporary

PC Moment: Artfully arranged by color rather than season, a retrospective of Greek-born, London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou’s vibrant, architectural ready-to-wear collections from the past decade drew throngs of socials and art patrons to a soirée held in her honor.

It was only a matter of time before Katrantzou showcased her work in Dallas. She is famously close friends with Nasiba Adilova (who wore custom Mary Katrantzou for the evening), and Dallas Contemporary’s director of exhibitions and senior curator, Justine Ludwig, has long admired Katrantzou’s work, both for its sculptural appeal and fashionable edge.

The 180-piece exhibition, aptly named “Mary, Queen of Prints,” is curated by Ludwig and museum director, Peter Doroshenko, as homage to Katrantzou’s body of work that uniquely blends new technology, art, and fashion.

Since she launched her label in 2008, her designs have become synonymous with chic — and powerful — women (First Lady Melania Trump wore a Katrantzou frock to a White House picnic a few months ago).

Dallas elite have adored her for years, especially as her friendship with Adilova blossomed; the two are often spotted across town, everywhere from Bullion restaurant to last year’s FGI Night of Stars gala.

Also in Katrantzou designs while celebrating in Dallas: Contemporary board president Max Trowbridge and Katrantzou’s mother, Katerina Katrantzou. Others admiring the graphic and embellished collective included Georgina Hartland, Jimmy and Sue Gragg, John and Marlene Sughrue, Charles and Joanne Teichman, Molly Bruder, Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn, Capera Ryan, Muffin Lemak, Shelby Wagner, and Ekaterina Kouznetsova.

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