Markus Schmidbauer was one of the five finalists of the DfT award in 2011. Markus’ award collection “The relief from industrialization” was characterized by latex, leather and transparent fabrics. After all, how has Markus’ life been after the final of the DfT award – which way has he gone as a designer since July 2011? We met him for an interview to show you some personal insights.
Remember the slim-cut leggings made of rubber strips by Markus Schmidbauer, or the leather bow and emphasized shoulders of Marc Buscha’s design? Lena Hasibether’s material mix of silk and cork, lycra and plexiglass, or Jonathan Christopher Hofwegen’s gender-bending androgynous cuts on the runway?!
Before we start our new call for entries, searching for the next Designer for Tomorrow 2012, let us have a look at the excellent designs that came out of this year’s competition! Selected from over 150 aspiring designer’s applications, our five DfT finalists have come a long way since they first started sketching outfits for the big show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Have a look at the final outfits in our new best-of runway photo gallery!
It’s been an exciting and successful year for Designer for Tomorrow 2011 winner Alexandra Kiesel. Fashion design award DfT has accompanied the talented newcomer when gathering manifold impressions and inspirations: international textiles fairs, runway shows and exhibition experiences, insights into the daily fashion business of designer Marc Jacobs in New York, as well as managing her own atelier in Berlin.
It has been a couple of months since the five finalists showed their debut collections at the DfT show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin 2011. From that point on, winner Alexandra Kiesel has already been telling us about her latest adventures. Now it’s time to look at what the other design talents have been up to!
Markus Schmidbauer is first to tell us about what’s been happening after all the hustle and bustle of his first major show: „So many things have been going on. My designs have been published in magazines and I am now part of a design team with fashion designer Patrick Mohr. It’s the perfect combination for me: Working with design and brand management.“ The 25-year-old designer, who graduated this year from the Academy of Fashion and Design in Munich with a degree in Fashion and Design Management, is definitely remembered for the radical showpieces of his collection. For future projects, he plans to also design more ‚wearable’ pieces, but will keep creating adventurous items that stand out and strongly visualize the theme of his collection.
Thank God for smartphones, magazines and books that kept the models backstage at the Designer for Tomorrow’s finalist show entertained! While eyebrows were taped and make-up artists applied thick layers of maquillage on perfect faces, anticipations were running high amongst the newcomer designers. Before the young design talents presented their creations on the show’s catwalk, it was time for the dress rehearsal. All finalists sent their models up and down for ultimate outfit and make-up checks before their big show started.
Check out the latest DfT video and see what stardesigner Marc said at his speech about the award and the work with the the young talents.
Discover the highlights from the DfT award show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in the DfT fashion video.
Backstage, the finalists tensely sent their models up and down for final outfit and make up checks before their big show started. The patron and star designer Marc Jacobs and the jury had some last glances at the outfits just before the young design talents sent their creations out on the catwalk for the first time.
„If they pick me – it’s because they like conceptual fashion!“
That’s what Alexandra Kiesel, the winner of this year’s Designer for Tomorrow award show, said in her introductory speech before her models entered the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin catwalk for her first collection.
At yesterday’s final fitting, the five „Designer for Tomorrow“ finalists made sure everything is perfect for their big day this Wednesday, when they will present their collections to a curious Berlin Fashion Week crowd, the DfT jury and their patron Marc Jacobs.
After nearly two months of following the five finalists, a winner will be chosen in just two days!