Highly intricate sculptures that evolve when embracing a human form. That’s how Katherine Mavridis describes her designs.
You could say creativity is in her blood. Mavridis fondly recalls growing up travelling the world with her parents, both of whom were musicians. As a child she spent countless hours drawing backstage at their shows, surrounded by glamorous gowns and intricate costumes. As a teenager, Mavridis began to purchase second-hand clothing which she altered to her liking.
“I would get inspired by designer pieces I saw in magazines and would try to imitate them and recreate them for myself,” she explains.
So, when it came time to enrol at university, Mavridis had UTS’s Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at the top of her list. But it wasn’t until her third year that Mavridis discovered her passion for knitwear.
“I found something so exciting in the idea of inventing my own fabrics,” she recalls. “I found ways to knit and weave fibres to become really three dimensional, as if I were integrally sculpting with the yarn.”
On completing her degree in 2013, Mavridis received a scholarship to the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She says, “Receiving the scholarship from Parsons completely changed the shape of my career. It provided me with a stepping stone to advance into the international industry, allowing me to be recognised by one of the most exciting avant-garde retailers, Dover Street Market in New York, in which I have sold three collections.”
The city itself has also shaped Mavridis’ designs. “I’m inspired by architecture, art, sculpture and human interactions with space and objects,” she says. “When I consider New York, I think of it in terms of space, three-dimensional structures and the way an enormous amount of bodies move within this realm.
“I have an overwhelming need for reduction; to reduce the amount of elements around me. I focus on one particular element and let it evolve and rework into a new structure. I have no want or need to introduce new elements as I see noise evolve in my work. I aim to find silence in my pieces.”
Living the busy life of a coveted designer, Mavridis works long days as part of the Calvin Klein ready-to-wear team. Her weekends are reserved for creating. She was recently shortlisted for the world-renowned LVMH Prize and has just wrapped up an installation in a gallery in Soho, which related to her process and practice as a designer.
Clearly Mavridis is well on her way to forging a career as one of the world’s most exciting new designers. “A career in fashion is wonderful, but it’s not for the faint-hearted,” says Mavridis. “What you put in is definitely what you take out.”