Tell me a little about yourself. How did you get your start as a Designer? Did you have any formal training or are you a self taught Designer?
I have been interested in art from a very early age, even as a child I used to draw a lot and enjoyed it very much. My interest in studying fashion design gradually became more intense until I eventually decided to realize my vision and my desire to create my own clothing. During the process of completing a number of internships, I felt encouraged to pursue my goal; I felt I had made the right choice. I realized that – even though it involves a good deal of hard work – making my own ideas come true is incredibly gratifying. I prepared a portfolio and applied to the University of Applied Sciences in Trier; I passed the entry exam. I recently finalist my degree course and I presented my first line of clothing to a large audience. This experience was absolutely brilliant and it has confirmed my decision to continue this path: I really enjoy designing clothes, continually realizing new ideas and seeing my own creations during fashion shows.

Do you think going to school for design is important to excel in the business later on?

I think that with a combination of ambition, focus on one’s objectives, and a little business sense and luck, everything can be achieved without specific schools. Many famous designers such as Armani or Christian Dior did not attend fashion school and they are obviously incredibly successful. Some are more adventurous and go into business by themselves without having been to school, others prefer to play it safe and go to fashion school. Some make it, others don’t. Personally, I do not think that a diploma is a guarantee for success.

Did you always want to be a Designer or did stumble into it? Did you begin working with a company? When How did your freelance career begin?

No, becoming a fashion designer was not my career aspiration when I was little. Even as late as four years ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea about fashion design. I had never thought about the process that takes a garment from the first sketch or draft to its eventual realization. As a child, I used to draw my idols and favorite cartoon characters and I wanted to become an animated cartoon artist. However, as there were an increasing number of reports about fashion in the media, I realized that I possessed an untapped – and, so far, unnoticed – stock of ideas for dresses. Once I had become aware of this, I started to commit my ideas to paper. I have recently handed in my diploma thesis and I’m planning to apply to a selection of companies. I’m hoping to gather experience for a while and eventually I will set up my own business.

Who or what inspired you to become a Designer?

Nobody inspired me to become a designer. Of course, I do have paragons and favorites; I’m particularly partial to the work of Elie Saab or Zuhair Murad, for instance. What I find most You create something and your idea has the potential to make other people happy. This is my motivation and inspiration. intriguing and exciting about design is the process during which an idea is turned into reality.

What are your biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge is the correct organization and planning of a collection or a fashion show. Often there are unforeseeable problems and it can be difficult to stay on schedule. Furthermore, it is important that you are able to find a spontaneous solution to all sorts of problems, because frequently there’s no one to show you how things work or how to behave correctly in certain situations. You have to be able to deal with this kind of pressure.

How do you work? What is your process?

The best ideas come to me in dreams and in the shower. Sometimes they’re specific forms and colors, other times they’re ideas for a whole dress. I always carry a notebook so I can record fresh ideas instantly. When I prepare a new collection I browse my notebook and extract appropriate elements from a variety of drafts, turning them into something new. I also enjoy draping very much. It allows and encourages the spontaneous formation of new patterns, forms and ideas. The result is instantly visible, a circumstance which permits the designer to immediately see whether the garment fits the collection or not. This method leads to a prolific accumulation of ideas for the collection and in the end one only has to pick the best.

What other projects are you working on?

Currently I’m participating in a competition called the Gold Ball. (www.dergoldeneball.de). I have been selected into the top 10 at Berlin Fashion week. I am specialing in wedding and evening gowns this competition is geared to. I am looking forward to go to the final selection in Leipzig and see how the jury evaluates my dresses.

Credits:
Fotograf: Daniel Gieseke
Design: Shahrzad Ahmadi
Hair and Make-Up: Sebnem Ekmekci
Models: Dana Söhngen, Yesim Sery

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