Looking at Louise Körner’s designs and inspirations it’s easy to detect a dramatic and very visual mind. The pages of her sketchbooks reveal bold concepts and expressions that are translated to her designs and serve as a preview of her way of seeing the world.
Ever since this Swedish designer graduated from the Istituto Marangoni in 2011 she has worked non-stop, creating costumes for The English National Ballet with David Bamber (Tom Ford Design director) and working for Puma x Chalayan. Her sense of drama was quickly noticed by Danish singer Aura Dione who recently wore an outfit from her graduate collection.
Here are some questions we asked her in order to get to know her a bit more:
When and why did you decide to become a fashion designer?
I realized that I wanted to become a fashion designer during my Foundation year when I tried out different kinds of art and design forms. I always thought that I would study architecture or product design but ended up with Fashion design.
London has always been a city that I have been drawn to: especially its individuality, drive and creative explosion.
Could you tell us a bit about your work process?
I believe that finding a subject/objects that is not related to fashion works the best. I illustrated in sketchbooks as stories: so the drawing/painting becomes part of the development progress of the designing. It’s a mix of collage, drawing, painting that shapes that story. Its just visually satisfying and more clear to see where you are designing.
Where does your inspirations come from?
My inspirations have to have a visual shock impact and be non-related to fashion: such as different architecture, interiors, biology, graphical series/films, intriguing objects.
My inspirations have to have a visual shock impact and be non-related to fashion: such as different architecture, interiors, biology, graphical series/films, intriguing objects…
When I see your work, one word comes to my mind: versatility. You have worked in Asia for a work-wear company, created costumes for a theater and now you are working with sportswear with the Puma x Chalayan collection. Do you think this versatility helps you become a better designer?
I think its helps me finding my own creative pathway within the fashion industry. I think that I am still in my learning curve and I am trying to drive my creativity somewhere I don’t know yet, I don’t know where it is going to end up. At the moment I am up for different challenges and we will see with time what is my strongest path.
What would be your dream job?
To be Creative Director for my own established label/fashion house.
It is clear that you have a sense of drama when creating your work (I think the pages from your sketchbook reveal this). How do you incorporate this into the ready-to-wear garments?
I think print is a great way to represent that kind of drama, and with some different cut lines to make it more interesting but still wearable.
What is the inspiration for your MUUSE Editions garments for aw13?
My inspiration came from the series True Blood. It had such a strong graphical impact on me, and I needed to create the same drama that I experienced while watching it.
Tell us about your plans for the future.
It will be about exploring, experiencing and discovering.