Originally hailing from Mainz, Germany, womenswear designer Paula Knorr lives and works in London.
Shortly after graduating of MA Royal College of Art, Paula Knorr won the ITS Fashion Award in July 2015 in Trieste Italy. After graduating, she worked as a freelance designer for Peter Pilotto and on different projects with well-known fashion stylists to capitalise on her strength in creating innovative draping and cutting techniques. In late 2015 she found her own fashion label and being awarded NEWGEN by the BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL, one of the most an internationally recognised talent identification schemes, she presented her SS17 collection on Schedule at London Fashion Week. Her SS17 collection will be stocked with seven selected retailers worldwide.
“Paula Knorr AW17/18 Music In My Mind”
Originally hailing from Mainz, Germany, womenswear designer Paula Knorr lives and works in London. The Paula Knorr vision is driven by her continual exploration of different female emotions and psyche, paying tribute to the muses that inspire her work.
For AW17/18 Paula Knorr began her collection development exploring artists and their creative process, which provided a rich tapestry of sensory and psychological aspects to evolve.
Paula observed that, in contrast to visual arts, a musician never leaves her own artwork; creating music is an ongoing process. Her body becomes her main tool, while she is strongly dependent on her physical and sensory perceptions. An intensive creative process occurs and leads to a powerful and intimate connection between senses and body, all the while her audience watch.
Paula found this an inspiring reminder for fashion design where a woman’s personal cenesthesia often has to step back or is centred on a static image rather than a sum of all parts.
Looking to communicate this emotional journey AW17/18 is translated with materials with strong visual and haptic textures to rouse and stimulate the senses. Paper-like leathers, are balanced with fluid silks and layered tulle, creating the impression of tinted skin, while two tone metallics add depth and contrast.
Embracing distinct female power and strength in this season’s silhouette, Paula utilises her signature relief cutting methods to create playful movement and freedom of form, while evolving traditional garment construction. Additional classic RTW pieces are reworked effortlessly to create room for the wearer’s personal expression.
To embrace her exploration of female artistry, Paula will have a live performance at her London Fashion Week presentation. A befriended duo collaborates with her. The two women create music inspired by the same body of thought as Paula’s work creating a symbiotic relationship and adding depth to Paula’s vision. In keeping with Paula’s tradition for involving her muse in all stages of her creative process, the duo will perform wearing her new AW17 collection. Together with the Models they form a strong impression of female creativity and individuality. Everything is clearly focused on the distinct connection between instrument and body; music and design.