A Typewriter Collector Inspires Mary Katrantzou's Autumn Winter 2012 Collection — And Bags A Free Dress!

14 March 2012 by

Backstage at Mary Katrantzou - the typewriter dress!


At London Fashion Week, one of the most talked about Autumn Winter 2012 shows was Mary Katrantzou’s spectacular. As the models sashayed down the runway in couture-quality intricately detailed dresses printed with crayon, bath and typewriter prints, we knew this show would be one of the highlights (click here to read our show report). While backstage speaking to Mary after the show, we examined the kitsch detailing on the designer's frocks – the pearl beading around the bath print were bubbles, the circle print upon closer inspection were typewriter keys. Brilliant!

And now the inspiration for our favourite dress from the collection - that black and red long-sleeved typewriter dress - has been uncovered. Geneva-based collector Adwoa Bagalini reveals on her blog (genevatypewriters.blogspot.com) that she bought a Lettera 35 typewriter in question in 2010, and in a bid to make it more marketable, painted it red. Before selling it at auction, Adwoa took a picture of the red wonder and the snap found its way into Mary’s research for her latest collection. WOW.

Image courtesy of Retro Tech Geneva


Once Adwoa, who admits to not usually being a fashion week follower, got wind that there was a typewriter-inspired dress on the London catwalk, she did some Googling and instantly recognised her very own typewriter! After writing to Mary, the designer herself responded to confirm the photo was indeed inspiration for that dress. And get this: as a thank you, Mary is making Adwoa her very own typewriter dress as a thank you. How amazing?

So we say dig out your retro goodies, folks, because who knows who you'll inspire!


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