Looking sharp13 Feb 2012
With the April YCC 2012 deadline getting closer, applied arts students all over Europe are hunkering down and tackling their projects. What better time to get a little perspective and passion from a previous YCC winner?
YCC caught up with Tobias F. Müller – who took third place in Fashion in the European YCC 2011 finals – to find out more about this self-proclaimed perfectionist from the MD.H Mediadesign Hochschule in Munich.
Were there any particular influences for your YCC project?
“In general, I am inspired by a lot of things, like product design, architecture, literature, music, contemporary art and the costume history of different cultures. I think it’s important to be open-minded to new ideas and to try different approaches to get the perfect design.
I also admire the work of many conceptual fashion designers (to name a few: Hussein Chalayan, Martin Margiela and Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage). There is a concept behind every good design. Nothing unnecessary distracts from the overall picture.
I am also inspired by some of my colleagues at university. It has been a pleasure to have so many artistic and creative people around me, and I am really glad to have so much support from my university lecturers as well.”
What do you think is the most valuable thing about participating in YCC?
“To put it simply: the experience. Getting feedback from your fellow students and teachers is always important, but to present it to the public and succeed is a whole different experience.”
Do you have any special plans over the next year?
“The past months have been really creative and fulfilling. I was part of the founding team of the brand FUSIONEM, owned by the MD.H Mediadesign Hochschule München. A few of my pieces are for sale under the FUSIONEM name in the new concept store OUKAN71 in Berlin. I also assisted at a couple of shoots of photographer Jackie Hardt which were covered by the international media.
Right now I am working on my bachelor collection and applying for internships to get an insight into the professional world. After, I would like to expand my knowledge and get a Fashion Design Master’s degree abroad, possibly in London.”