An artful collection of fashion ignites a vibrant narrative at Dallas Contemporary, as Mary Katrantzou opened her first museum exhibition this past weekend, Mary, Queen of Prints.

Mary Katrantzou and Nasiba Adilova

Mary Katrantzou and Nasiba Adilova

Curated in a schematic kaleidoscope of colours and prints, the maze of yellow, red, blue, green and pink silhouettes is mesmerizing—tantalizing the eyes one mannequin at a time. With 180-items in the exhibition, the sheer magnitude of the eye-popping body of work with trompe l’oeil prints, heavily embellished sequined and embroidered gowns with butterflies, koi carp, and pencils is breathtaking.

Mark Katrantzou and Georgina Hartland

Mark Katrantzou and Georgina Hartland

Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Justine Ludwig

Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Justine Ludwig

This year Katrantzou, a London-based designer celebrates her tenth anniversary with this first retrospective perfectly timed to spotlight a decade of revolutionary designs. Working alongside Peter Doroshenko executive director and deputy director and chief curator Justine Ludwig, with support from Katrantzou’s Dallas-based best friend, Nasiba Adilova—the exhibition is a striking collection of her best work.

Mary Katrantzou, Mary Queen of Prints

Mary Katrantzou, pencil dress

Mary Katrantzou, pencil detail

Meeting Mary again is always a treat, and in Dallas, always with Nasiba by her side, the two have definitely defined a friendship that transcends across the Atlantic. Our last tête-à-tête was November for FGI of Dallas’ glamorous Night of Stars gala, where Nasiba was honoured.

Make note, one visit is just not enough time to absorb this show, so I’m planning multiple trips with girlfriends. I suggest you schedule plenty of time to visit, or plan more than one trip; her work is overwhelming in a positive reflection of pure genius.

Mary Katrantzou’s, Mary, Queen of Prints, on exhibition at Dallas Contemporary till March 18, 2018.

Photos: By me, and courtesy of Dallas Contemporary