Where did you grow up? Where are you based now?
I grew up in Hagen, Germany. After I finished my studies in Hanover, I wanted to go out into the world and ended up in London, but I’m quite often back in Germany because of my family and friends and I’m sure I will find my way back soon.
What was the first item of clothing you ever made?
I guess it was at the age of six, when my mother explained to me how to use knitting needles. Then my dolls had to wear my creations.
What was it like to study at Hochschule Hannover?
It’s almost five years since I chose to study at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. At that time I was very convinced about the mixture of the teaching, from art to more industry-focused courses. When I graduated I exactly knew what I wanted to do: experimental knitwear.
Where do you start when you design a piece from scratch – what inspires you?
Often I’m directly inspired by the material itself and through experimenting with it I’m exploring the shape, volume, colour, and so on. But nature and textures are also very inspiring to me.
Can you tell us more about the designs you’ve entered for the Peek & Cloppenburg Designer for Tomorrow award?
I applied with my graduation collection, which was just finished at that point. So half a year of intensive work is behind it.
What did you think when you found out Stella McCartney would be one of the judges of the Designer for Tomorrow award?
I was really excited about the new patron because I’m impressed by Stella’s attitude concerning sustainability.
What was it like to meet Stella McCartney?
To talk with Stella about the collection was so great and helpful. She was also very interested in me as a person, so that she could understand my designs. Her advice pushed me a lot to go further in knitwear and her tips on how to continue with the collection were very precise.
Who do you think your biggest competition is?
We are all very different but get along so well with each other. I think we are already all winners because we are able to show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
What are the top five things you’ll be bringing with you to survive Berlin Fashion Week?
My comfortable running shoes, favourite pair of socks, helping hands, crochet and knitting needles.
And, most importantly, will you be wearing one of your own creations on the night?
That depends on whether I’ll have enough time to create one more piece but I’ll give it my best effort.