Paula Knorr

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German de­signer Paula Knorr knows how to make a dra­matic state­ment with a sil­hou­ette. For her fall/win­ter col­lec­tion, Knorr played with fluid shapes to cre­ate sculp­tural dresses that hug the body like a sec­ond skin and then flut­ter out dra­mat­i­cally at the hem and sleeve.

What’s the story be­hind your lat­est col­lec­tion? “I played with the im­pact of in­ti­macy and sen­su­al­ity on fe­male dress­ing. Most evening­wear ranges from ex­treme nu­dity to de­mure pre­ci­sion. I showed my vi­sion of empowered and sen­sual dress­ing: dra­matic shapes in lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics that are easy to wear and com­fort­able.” What in­spired the sil­hou­ettes? “I had this idea of a wet body step­ping into a sheet of fab­ric and the fab­ric cling­ing to the body and drap­ing across. My de­signs are about the woman. Her move­ment should be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion.” As a new la­bel, how do you stand out? “Fash­ion as a re­ac­tion to the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial cli­mate is al­ways rel­e­vant. I think nowa­days fash­ion has to make a po­lit­i­cal or so­cial state­ment to feel new.”

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