Katarina hails from Belgrade. After graduating from Istituto Marangoni in Milano she worked with brands such as Dolce and Gabana in Hong Kong and Italy before working exclusively with private clients.
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The brand’s unique work caught the attention of British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who selected an eye-catching piece for the cover and pages of the August 2022 Pride issue. Model Jordan Barrett wears the Centipede Glove – the result of tireless work and intricate joinery techniques – that can be worn alone or on both arms like sleeve armour.
Katarina has, for the most part, operated as a one-woman team throughout her career. Nowadays, she does the initial design and sculpting process herself, then enlists a specialist to cast her prototypes in wax. “I have boxes full of sculpted ideas… I could go on forever,” she shares.
Next, she carefully manufactures pieces in collaboration with a workshop in Bali, where she’s based. “I work with a jeweler who is extremely smart, a kind of a genius who’s always willing to learn, experiment and explore,” she explains. The final stage? Assembling the work by hand herself.
The Vogue shoot was a career-defining moment, but Katarina has her sights set high. Who would she like to see wear Costume Therapy next? Grimes or Grace Jones – you can understand why.
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