MEET THE DESIGNER TANJA CHRISTIANI Please introduce yourself and...
MEET THE DESIGNER TANJA CHRISTIANI
Please introduce yourself and your brand!
My name is Tanja Christiani, I’m a Berlin-based fashion designer focusing on womenswear.
After a term abroad at Central Saint Martin’s in London I graduated at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin) and founded my eponymous label at the end of 2015.
What or who inspires you the most?
Modern Architecture has always been a big inspiration for me. My graduate collection was inspired by buildings of Mies van der Rohe, Frank O. Gehry and Zaha Hadid, thus when I founded my label I just went on. Usually I just pick some buildings or their layouts, trace parts of it on transparent paper, deconstruct it and put it on the body. I would say architects and their work inspire me the most.
What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?
My love for architecture and sculptures which influences the shape, colour and textures of my designs. I deconstruct and distort given forms to merge them into something new. The first sketches of a collection are always quite opulent, with a lot of unnecessary details - for my taste. So I downscale these details until the garments are wearable. Besides wearability, quality, femininity and fit are the most important things in my collections. Clear cuts and feminine silhouettes are made from high-quality fabrics. I renounce the use of fur, leather, silk and wool and everything from sample to the final garment is made in Berlin.
How you would describe your affinity and your interaction with the materials you used in your collection?
It is important to note that all the fabrics are high quality and vegan. I especially like working with volume, cuts, textures and colors. I love black, it is timeless and goes with everything, that is why I use black in every collection and pair it with other colors from my research and my inspiration.
Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?
We just shot our Spring/Summer ‘18 collection and in September the Autumn/Winter ‘17 collection “Városkép” will be on sale. In 2017 we want to start to develop and find more stores outside of Berlin to sell our collections.