The Swiss Textile Award for 2010 has gone to London-based Greek designer Mary Katrantzou.
The prize, worth €100,000 (SFr136,000), was presented during the Zurich Fashion Days on Thursday night. The money is used for the designer’s next collection and to purchase Swiss fabrics.
The jury was made up of representatives of top fashion magazines including Vogue and GQ Style. Members said Katrantzou had a talent for working with form and colour and her collections were a “play on the senses, with unique eye-catching patterns that flatter the feminine silhouette and at the same time express attitude and symmetry”.
The 27-year-old is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
She has made graphic art her area of expertise and trained under Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki and the United States fashion house Bill Blass.
Last year’s winner Alexander Wang showed his 2011 summer collection during the Fashion Days. The award has been presented for the past 11 years.