There’s no shortage of Australians flocking to New York in general, and the move is proving particularly popular for designers wanting to be the next Dion Lee. Or at least earn a comparative level of notoriety.
Sydney University of Technology graduate Katherine Mavridis probably has a better chance than most of making it. She’s got her niche (wool and knitwear) and she’s got the skills (Mavridis actually knitted for Dion Lee, hand-weaving samples for a ready-to-wear collection exhibited at the international Woolmark competition in February last year). And after Lee’s stateside move only shortly afterwards, she’s followed suit. Mavridis is currently attending the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at the Parsons New School for Design on a scholarship, and will be graduating in 2015.
We’ll stop with the Lee comparisons. Mavridis’ work is in a class of its own. Blurring the lines of fashion and sculpture with creations that belie the fact they’re made of wool, her clothes push the limitations of knitwear and completely transform the shape of the human body. And it’s not just the wool world watching. The designer’s latest collection showcases a new technique she developed that involves creating garments form coiled rope, earning her sponsorship from luxury Japanese ribbon company Mokuba.
We’ll definitely be watching when her capsule collection shows at New York Fashion Week in September 2015.
Images: Katherine Mavridis