A fusion of the Bauhaus with the ostentation of high Victoriana – a paradox, with its root in truth. Mary Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection explores an intermingling of two different breeds of aesthetic, using their components to discover a new hybrid. The roots of Modernism lie, conversely, in the Victorian age, when practitioners such as William Morris began to approach aesthetics with an all-encompassing ideology that the Bauhaus would dub ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ – a total work of art. Here, all arts, fine and applied, would eventually be brought together.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou]