Thanks to Julia Luftensteiner, I had the opportunity to visit the fashion school “Die Herbststraße”, from the ground floor to second floor, and to meet other young and creative minds like her. She introduced me to the team of Modeakt15, they showed me their creations and had a nice talk about fashion, design, projects and their personal aspirations as fashion designers.
It was so exciting being there, getting to know so many interesting people and taking pictures inside the school as I am more and more into fashion photography. (That’s the reason why I should move to Paris one day, I often tell myself, but this is another topic.)
I finished my school in Athens, but if I had to go to a school in Vienna, I would definitely be a student in the fashion school “Die Herbststraße” as I am not made for either economics studies or being a lawyer. After I finished school, I worked in a fashion atelier in Athens for two years and my visit at “Die Herbststraße” fashion school reminded me a bit of those two years in the fashion studio. Later on, in Vienna, I tried to make my own skirt. The result was decent, not bad and you can see it here. From my little experience of making a skirt, I am able to know how much work, effort, and creativity it needs to produce even a simple skirt, or any kind of a clothing piece.
The team Modeakt15 organizes a fashion show on Friday 6th March and I will be there. You can also buy your tickets here.
I asked Julia Luftensteiner and Antonia Pirker to tell us more about them and give us an insight into their work, their studies and the way they perceive fashion, so here it is:
I am a 21 year old fashion and design student currently studying at „Die Herbststraße“ college in Vienna. As long as I remember, I have had a keen interest in fashion, even as a child. I loved and still love to dress up, put on costumes, and to experiment with new fashion items. However I never follow a fashion trend hyped by others. Since I was 14 years old, I knew I would work in fashion, which shocked or more so worried my parents with this sad and often unsuccesfull career choice. It wasn’t always easy to convince my surroundings of my choice. I had to walk an extra mile taking a lot of detours to finally fulfill my dream but I am thankful for every wrong path I took. It made me into the person I am today, determined to reach my goals with all my effort. And now, at last, I have achieved the goal I was trying to reach all those years.
Attending “Die Herbststraße” college during the past two years got me not just one step closer to this goal, but moreover, by intensely studying fashion and design, my college helped me define these goals and my dreams for the future.
The years of training taught me a lot not just about fashion or about the industry, but also about myself. Besides learning how to sew, I developed a feeling for fabric. I learned that there are many different roads to success, that I can get inspiration from everything. Good, bad, interesting and uninteresting things, pictures, events… I learned to set priorities. And most importantly I learned that sometimes you just can’t accomplish everything and that it is okay not to. I learned that my family – even while being skeptical – has my back, supports me however ways necessary. And I met people I deeply treasure, people who changed my way to look at life. I met great friends who made my life more colourful, friends I would not want to miss.
After graduating from my college, I want to continue studying fashion and design. Where and how I will do that however has yet to be figured out. Next to studying fashion at the “Die Herbststraße” college I am working at Sabinna Rachimova’s design studio. There I help in pattern cutting, sketching, sample development, draping and more. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with this great designer even before graduating and to help develop and complete her collection.
When I was younger, fashion was always something so inaccessible. But, throughout the years, I have discovered that it is so much more than being well dressed and selling clothes. That is the reason why I chose to study at the design college at “Die Herbststraße”. There, I had the opportunity to extend my knowledge in fashion, with a special focus on design and craft.
Currently I am working on my final collection, which I developed through a long designing process. The main topic of my collection is “gender equality”. Mainly I was influenced by the imbalance between men and women in society, and how women have developed in the last decade. Especially strong, successful, and independent women have influenced my design process.
Furthermore, I have deepened my knowledge in social structures and stereotypes. In order to represent equality through my collection, as the prime characteristics I use discreet colours and minimalistic patterns. As part of my graduation from Fashion School, my class and I are obligated to present our final collections at a fashion show. My self and four other colleagues are responsible for the organisation of our fashion show. I would have never thought how many tasks you have to complete for creating such an event. I would never have guess how many tasks are required to put on such an event. But besides the stress I am currently under, I really love what I do. I always want to do my best and I greatly enjoy being a project manager for this fashion show.
I can see myself making fashion a steady part of my life and I believe I fulfill all the requirements to start a career in the fashion industry. Ever since I started studying fashion, it has broadened and strengthened not only my professional skills, but also has had a great impact on my personality.