Claudia Hill: conceptual fashion from N.Y.
She never presents her creations by means of ordinary shows. She much rather likes to create a composition of space, light, movement and clothing that oscillates between performance, film, technology and photography. Born and raised in Germany, Claudia Hill felt drawn to New York in 1993 to continue her career as a dancer. But soon, fashion became more of an interest to her. She changed to the Fashion Institute of Technology and to Parson’s School of Design and started her own label in 1998. Her purist fashion—sculptural forms underline often ignored parts of the body such as the shoulders, the neck or the back of the knees—is by now a part of the New York avant-garde. “I like to watch how the body changes und try to accentuate this movement through the form of my designs”, explains Claudia Hill. For the current Fall/Winter collection, she let herself be inspired by the organic shapes found in nature and then created garments that enclose the body like a second house. She subtly plays with masculine and feminine elements that become visible based on the viewer’s perspective; with old and new, the common and the unconventional. The thread of continuity: the very traditional choice of materials. Wools in dark colors are in contrast with white cotton or soft knits. “For me, fashion is non-conformity without sacrificing wearability”, says the petit power-woman. It is fashion that stands outside the respective trends and that lives its own trend. Aside from the Claudia Hill label, she designs “The Number After 10” with Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka: a line of printed T-shirts and sweatshirts for men and women. The next step in Claudia’s career? The fashion capital Paris, where she moved a short while ago.