Published on : Monday, November 6, 2017
Jil Sander, one of the most influential fashion designers of contemporary times, is slated to receive the 2018 German Design Award’s ‘Personality’ prize. The first international exhibition of the designer’s work opened on November 3, 2017 at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.
The jury’s statement states: “Jil Sander is one of the few designers who have managed to always stay ahead of the times. In her work, art and design are inseparable. Her approach to design is radical and resolute; her collections are minimalist, clean and timelessly modern — set apart from all trends. It is perhaps for this reason that she has become an icon that manages to stick around through each and every contemporary shift in design.”
Sander showcased her first women’s collection in 1973. Since then, her designs have consistently stood for a pared-down style with rectilinear trims made of high-quality materials, as well as for fashion which lends confidence and power to the wearer. She has also made her mark on architecture and shop design, ushering in new ways of thinking and pushing her interior designs to new dimensions, right down to the lighting.
German Design Council CEO Andrej Kupetz comments, “Jil Sander stands not only for iconic fashion, but for everything that makes outstanding design what it is: precise craftsmanship, identity, power of innovation, and the ability to transform. User centricity was already alive and well in her clothing at a time when the leading voices in design were still dreaming about it. For over 45 years, and while representing a range of labels, Sander has managed to confront a form of design centered wholly around the individual.”