By Kadia Blagrove , FashionnStyle Reporter | Jun 22, 2012 05:46 PM EDT
Mary Katrantzou's famous graphic prints are so intricate that the time it takes to produce them make it nearly impossible for the designer to design a pre-collection for the season.
"We worked out that it takes on average four days to create a print, and we create about 40 prints a collection, so we need 160 days - that's eight months for one person, four months for two people," she explains to Vogue UK. "Perhaps next season we might have grown the team enough to be able to do it in time."
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Luckily, Katrantzou's whimsical surreal creations are always made just in time for fall and spring fashion weeks. The designer notes that at times, a collection's theme may carry over into the next one --not this time. Her next collection for spring 2013 will be a completely different theme from the previous one.
Though she can't give too much info on what to expect for her developing masterpiece, she goes on to explain her creative process.
"I suppose it's my architectural ambition that comes into play - once I started working on clothes I was interested in how the silhouette worked in 3-D around the body - so when the print trend does subside we'll hopefully have a visual language that translates to fabric, shape, embroidery and knitwear in the collections that will bear no obvious resemblance to whatever print might have originally inspired it. There will definitely never be an all black collection from me! But in time we'll begin to focus on those other elements more."
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