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Paula Knorr

MA work

My Master's collection is inspired by the answers of 25 different women I interviewed about their thoughts, wishes and anxieties around womanhood. To translate the answers to the viewer, I sensibly re-created these true feminine heartstrings into 25 different videos, which play with the interaction between artificial materials and the nude body. My designs now again re-feel the interaction and motion captured in the videos, while trying to full fill the words and the thoughts of these women by creating a new poetic womenswear identity.

Loose metallic scraps are sliding down matte nude dresses. Frozen in motion, they create a contrast between artificial lightness and the sensual nude body. Glossy fabric pieces are moulded around the female shape, creating a relief of the body, surreal fixed in place by a back of nude lycra. Always focusing on the contrast of movement and time; pure beauty and dissolving rawness.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2015

  • After graduating from University of Applied Sciences, Trier in spring 2012, I showed my Bachelor collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin and worked for over a year in the industry in London as a design assistant and pattern cutter. 

    For me, the most inspiring aspect of creating fashion is exploring how clothes can convey unique personality and individual beauty. Garments should never mask the woman; if the garment contains too much information itself, you tend to loose the connection with the person that wears it. How can we design clothes that satisfy this right mixture of diffidence and unique design without feeding stereotypes?

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Arts: Fashion Design, University of Applied Sciences Trier, 2012; Journeyman: Bespoke Tailor, Chamber of Crafts, Trier, 2012
  • Experience

  • Personal assistant/co-designer, BUKI AKIB Menswear Knitwear and Accessories, London, 2012–13 ; Freelance pattern cutting / production supervisor, Boy Elvis Menswear, London, 2013; Assistant to curator, 'Trading Style – The Global Street' Museum of World Culture, Frankfurt, 2012; Freelance pattern cutting / Production supervisor, STADTPIRATEN Menswear, Mainz, 2012 ; Design assistant, Bogner Sport, Munich, 2011; Costume assistan, State Theater and Opera, Mainz, 2008
  • Awards

  • Awardee, Hesse Fashion Prize for Sustainability, Frankfurt/Paris 2010; Awardee, La Muta of the Third Millennium: Beyond the Silence, Fashion and Art Prize, Urbino 2015
  • Publications

  • New Faces of Fashion: A book about the young german fashion scene, Alt//cramer, Berlin 2013