Mary Katrantzou on women's struggle to balance
Mary Katrantzou believes women have it harder in balancing their career and personal life.
The Greek designer has become a global success with her eponymous label and her bold creations make wearers stand out in the crowd. Being a big name in the fashion industry doesn't come easy though and as with other demanding careers, Mary points out that it's difficult for females to strike a balance if they have other desires in life.
"The work-life balance is particularly difficult for women, because by nature we're ambitious and want to excel in our careers, but many women want to have children too," she told Britain's Grazia magazine. "It means our focus has to be razor-sharp to achieve what we want in a certain time-frame. Fashion is a difficult industry to get into; it's so competitive. But talent is rewarded."
Mary grew up knowing the ins and outs of art, as she was raised by her interior designer mother and textile design expert father. With their entrepreneurial knowledge the fashionista developed her own passion for fashion. She began her studies at London's Central Saint Martins on a Master Fashion Textiles course in 2006, where she scooped a sponsorship from the British Fashion Council.
"(This) meant I got so much advice and support, particularly from other amazing women," she smiled. "Relationships are so important. Now, I always try to take the time to look at new female designers' portfolios and help them if I can."
Being a fashion star isn't without its flaws and Mary admits she has her share of mistakes during work. However she takes full responsibility for any slip-ups and is able to move on accepting this.
"Having the courage of your own convictions is vital," she stressed. "Most pitfalls won't change the course of your career, they'll just make you sharper. Failure can be very useful sometimes."