Paula Knorr: Modern Femininity


Paula Knorr is a German womenswear designer and Royal College of Art Fashion MA graduate. She describes her time spent in London at the RCA as “one of the best things that ever happened. I learned so much about myself, my creative vision and what I want in life,” and adds “the artistic and visionary support I received at the RCA was the perfect addition to my more skill and industrial based Bachelor education in Germany. Zowie Broach – who started as Head of Fashion in my second year – was an amazing inspiration too. She proves how energetic and open minded you have to be (in fashion) to move things forward.”

Knorr’s interpretation of moving things forward is to produce work concerned with the female psyche and women’s emotions. “To support and illustrate female identity is the core idea of my fashion,” she explains, confirming her influences as abstract ideas, the female gaze as her benchmark. “At the moment I find it interesting to explore new ways of sexiness from a woman’s perspective. For a long time, ‘sexy’ clothes were not considered high fashion; I would like my designs to reveal a new, realistic idea of sexiness.”

The designer’s wares have already been granted approval by the music industry, with Björk claiming fandom: “Björk’s stylist contacted me and I lent pieces for her tour last year; then she ended up buying some. I am extremely honoured, for me, Björk is not only a wonderful artist, but an immense inspiration of how to live out femininity. It gave me a confidence push, that my design concept of supporting and illustrating female identity, is understood.”

From the suburbs of Frankfurt to the metropolis of inspiration that is London, Knorr discusses the huge transition. “Living in London is completely different. I come from a village nearly 45 minutes away from Frankfurt. The big difference I witness at the moment between Germany and the UK fashion system is that the UK is so on point in integrating graduates into fashion business; new brands and upcoming designers are taken seriously.”

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