January 15, 2014
“The biggest inspiration for me are always the surfaces of different materials and how they change due to weather, exhaust and depreciation and the intervention of mankind” says German fashion designer Clara Kaesdorf. Although still at an early stage, she already showed her work at Berlin fashion week.
When I grew up I always thought that Berlin was a huge city, far far away, dark and grey as all the pictures you see in books about the history of Germany. I can remember when I first came to Berlin, I was really impressed by the opposite: wide streets full of trees and green, the big unbuilt land you see everywhere and the huge graffitis and street art projects covering unrenovated buildings. It really corresponds with my opinion of how a city should look like to feel free to do what you want without any frontiers.
So I decided to study fashion design in that inspiring city. A good choice. I still can’t stop turning my head around and around to see every detail! And the city is changing so fast that you never get bored about what you see, even if you come across the same place many times!
The biggest inspiration for me are always the surfaces of different materials and how they change due to weather, exhaust and depreciation and the intervention of mankind. I’m not interested in perfectness. I want to see how something is moving, how a subject, cloth or house for example is changing to fit perfectly to the owner or the surrounding. And in Berlin it’s possible to see that because people normally do not live in Berlin with the aim to stay here until the end of the days. Everyone just cares about making lifee as good as possible for the time spent in Berlin.
Throwing away money for having nice things is not seen as the only solution. Having own ideas to change subjects as you need them is the real art of living in Berlin.
Therefore the phenomena of DIY and its way to get so popular especially in Berlin really interested me since I’m living here and I try to put things I observed in my designs. This way, I try to find a knowledge of provisional, a way to make clothes that fit to the character of my clients and that can be worn for a long time! My aim is to make clothes that are seen as an artwork which gets into a relationship to the bearer after having spent important moments together.
My favorite places for the moment are therefore Wedding, Moabit and Neukölln – all the places right now being discovered by young creatives. I also really like Gerichtsstraße in Wedding with Stattbad Wedding and its events.
For a closer look into Clara’s work, visit her online shop or stop by ‘Boulevard Berlin’ pop-up store until the end of January!