Bernhard Willhelm Spring/Summer 2019

Bernhard Willhelm S/S 19 marks 20 years of the fashion house. The collection addresses Willhelm’s fourfold transcontinental journey vis-à-vis the INFINITE – And is the result of the designer’s experiences in the four time zones he spent the last 6 months in (without an atelier). Starting off in Los Angeles, INFINITY heels set the tone for “pleas of ‘individualism’, where desperate and essentially ineffectual cries express a deeper lack of meaningful individuality”*. A pink rose and iris flower photographed by Bernhard in Venice Beach, and overdrawn on his I-phone, appear as silkscreen appliques. LA influenced silhouettes are revealed through American corporate power-suits, vintage store replicas, XL pro shirts, oversized bombers and baggy high-school tracksuits. Photo credit: Josh Paul Thomas

AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR CAPACITY FOR SPONTANEOUS FEELING
LOOKING TO SUCK MY FIRST COCK
I AM CURRENTLY IN A PRIVATE SHOW

Bernhard Willhelm (b. 1972, Ulm, Germany) and Jutta Kraus (b. 1972) studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the University of Westminster in London, respectively, before launching the Bernhard Willhelm label in 1999. Since their first presentation of women’s wear in Paris, they have brought a highly personal, idiosyncratic style to the arena of fashion, with work typified by craftsmanship, eclecticism, and irony, and seasonal collections presented in the forms of installation and tableaux vivant.

Willhelm’s career has been marked by collaboration with artists such as Björk, Olaf Breuning, and Carsten Fock, and awards including the Moët & Chandon Fashion Prize (2001) and ANDAM from the French Minister of Culture (2005). His work has been presented at the Athens Biennale; the Ursula Blickle Foundation, Stuttgart; and in retrospectives at ModeMuseum, Antwerp (2007-08); Groninger Museum, Netherlands (2009-10) and Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2015). Wilhelm was also professor and head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna between 2009 and 2014.

www.bernhardwillhelm.com

 

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