Julia Winkler, who grew up in Zurich and is now working in Berlin, launched STUDIO WINKLER in 2012 after graduating from Berlin’s International University of Art for Fashion (ESMOD) with a Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern-Making. Her collections contain many influences that are smartly connected, which create the magic of her work.
… A city? A mix between where I live (Berlin) and where I come from (Zurich) with some unknown ingredients of cities I have never been.
… A monument? It’s not a monument but a sculpture, Maurizio Cattelan’s Ostrich.
… A season? Winter but with snow.
… A painting? Jonas Burgert, trag früh 2017.
… An animal? A black cat.
… A sport? Chess.
… A book? “Das weisse Buch” by Rafael Horzon or Rocko Schamoni “Risiko des Ruhms” – both hilarious. And the Dries Van Noten inspiration book.
… A movie/series? Comedians in Cars getting Coffee.
… A song? Moodymann, Sunday Morning.
… A nightclub? I don’t really go to nightclubs anymore… I tell you my favourite bar – Rias GT in Manteuffelstrasse or Würgeengel.
Your graduation collection made in 2012 has been a springboard given that you won 2 awards for it, and you subsequently worked at Barbara Bui in Paris. How would you describe this experience in France? Working at Barbara Bui was a very intense experience as I was thrown into embroidery design which I never did before. Luckily, I had the best boss I could imagine and left the company with skills I did not have before. We’re still in contact today and I am grateful for the fact that she let me jump completely into her creative world, teaching me all she knows about embroidery and print design in ready-to- wear, accessories and shoes.
What are your 3 main values? Patience (which I rarely have so I am practicing), loyalty & live and let live.
Your objectives for 2018? I am still working on the perfect womens suit so I hope to come close to my expectations within this year. I am working on accessories and of course I want to work on the growth of my label and business.