The urge to collect – to amass like objects of a particular kind, to record, to study and identify, to protect and cherish – has existed since ancient times. Sometimes expressive of a contemporary interest in material things bordering on compulsion, it is also primeval, a reflection of humanity, of the hunting and gathering instinct necessary for human survival, of curiosity and inquisitive nature, of a thirst for knowledge. It is also connected to memory by association – the need to catalogue and organise, to give meaning to ones actions, to better understand the world. For Spring/Summer 2019, Mary Katrantzou creates a collection inspired by collections, collecting, collectors. This is a collection of collections, celebrating the extravagance of understanding, and also Mary Katrantzou’s ten-year anniversary.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou]