Alumni Interviews

Interview with
MARINA HOERMANSEDER
B.A. Alumna 2013

Tell us shortly about our label? What are your hopes for the future of your label?

I founded my label in 2013 after I worked at Alexander McQueen and studied at ESMOD Berlin. I started off with mainly high fashion, meanwhile I also have many commercial pieces in my collection. The next step is to establish the label more internationally.

Tell us about your experiences since graduation? What have been some highlights?


Since my graduation from ESMOD Berlin I made so many experiences and learned a lot. I have been showing my collection at Fashion Week Berlin for three seasons in a row. The shows are my personal highlight - next to the new collection in which one realises all ideas and puts much effort in, one also works on the perfect presentation and is delighted about a successful showdown, which makes one-self and the audience happy.

How did your studies at ESMOD inform or shape your approach to your fashion practice? What was the most profound thing you took away from your studies?

In theory and in practice I profit form many different things that I learned and were taught during the study. Certainly it is one key factor to understand the essence of fashion, reaching from crafting to the economic side of the industry. This is definitely an enormous advantage.

 

 

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Interview with
PHOEBE HEESS
B.A. Alumna 2009

Tell us about your experiences since graduation.

While studying at ESMOD, I did an internship at Adidas. Afterwards I interned at Limi Feu in Tokyo. My first real job was as an assistant at Henry Holland in London. 
Then I moved back to Berlin to co-found my first label hectorhector. At the moment I work for Adidas by Stella McCartney as well as my own label, bearing my name.

My own label specializes in performance wear and I use hi-tech materials like carbon and kevlar for protection and support. 3D mesh for airiness and neoprene for its architectural look. It is fascinating to mix these, often contradicting, fabrics to achieve visual tension. Wearables are also something that interests me and I have already been working on three functional prototypes.

How did your studies at ESMOD prepare you for your current work?

For me it was very beneficial to get a broad understanding of the craftsmanship, from the manual work to creative processes. And I definitely learned how to work focused and under high pressure.

 

What is your personal advice to all soon-to-be designers?

It's a marathon, not a sprint. Just start running and at some stage you will come into your flow.

 

http://phoebeheess.com/

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