“If I had one wish, I would become a man for one day” – Johanne Dindler.
JOHANNE DINDLER – THE INTERVIEW
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING FOR?
I’ve been designing for five years including my studies.
WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO FASHION?
I’ve always been very creative as a child but I don’t remember when I started dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. It feels like I always knew that being a designer was what I wanted to do.
WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST FASHION MEMORY?
I remember making clothes for my Barbies when I was 10 years old. Later I would make them for myself and my friends. It was a great way of practicing my drawing and sewing skills from an early age.
HOW DOES THE FASHION SCENE FROM WHERE YOU ARE FROM COMPARE TO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD?
I’m Danish and started my fashion studies in Denmark, but I decided to go to London to continue learning since I had an urge for a greater challenge. I was fascinated by how diverse a city like London is compared to other cities in Denmark.
WHO IS JOHANNE DINDLER’S MUSE?
I don’t have a actual muse, just an imaginary one. My muse is a mix between different guys. Guys I know, guys I see on the street, guys I read about. My muse is somehow a male reflection of myself. For my last collection I was imagining my muse being high on drugs as he went to the local tailor and asked for all these crazy outfits.
WHAT’S YOUR INSPIRATION FOR NEXT SEASON?
I’m fascinated by different tribes and am looking at the ways they dress up for inspiration for graphic elements in my work.
DESCRIBE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE?
I love patterns, prints and pastel colors. My personal style is more chilled out than my collections. I think that a bit of “bad taste” or corniness, is a very important element of my work. It is my way of adding humor to fashion, because I think that fashion should definitely be fun!
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON?
I prefer to design Fall / Winter collections since you have the possibilities to play with more layers and volume and heavy textures and fabrication.
I love the 70s, 80s and 90s. For example 70s Fiorucci and 80s Versace and Moschino. Lots of colors and fun!
WHOSE DESIGN AESTHETIC DO YOU ADMIRE?
Hood by Air definitely. I admire Shayne Oliver (Hood By Air’s designer) for the way he has created the brand and the way they (especially in the beginning) managed to have a different approach to the fashion industry and the way they showed a collection and promoted a brand.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK JUST ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING OR AN ACCESSORY TO RESCUE FROM A HOUSE FIRE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My big fox fur coat or my Reebok Instapump sneakers!
IF YOU COULD DESIGN A LOOK FOR ANYONE (ALIVE NOW OR DEAD) WHO WOULD IT BE?
IF YOU COULD HOP ON A PLANE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I want to travel all over the world! Still so many places I haven’t seen yet.. Japan, Brazil, LA..
I really want to live in New York.
WHAT DO YOU MISS WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT HOME?
I always miss my family and when living away from Denmark I really miss the sea.
IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To become a man for one day.
Images courtesy of Johanne Dindler