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Q&A with Esther Perbandt

An Interview with the Berlin-based Fashion DesignerFashion designer Esther Perbandt is known for creations that express a sense of personality, autonomy, intersectionality, and individuality. Born and raised in Berlin, with stints in Moscow and Paris, she launched her eponymous brand 15 years ago. Today, it is more than a brand – it is a representation of the ‘Berlin lifestyle’ and of Esther Perbandt the artist, a successful, strong and confident woman.

Gown with nearly 7000 Swarovski crystals by Fashion Designer Esther PerbandtA constant creative collaborator, we chatted with Esther Perbandt about fashion, her design inspiration, the Swarovski crystal-embellished gown, and more.

Swarovski: What is your approach to fashion design?
Esther Perbandt: “I have always explored the relationship between humans and their environment with my fashion. I want to elevate people’s lifestyles. For example, my work deals with the world of drama and illusion, upcycling, multiple identities, non-binary thinking and the power of nature.”

Gown with nearly 7000 Swarovski crystals by Fashion Designer Esther PerbandtSwarovski: What is most important to you when designing a garment?
Esther Perbandt: “The wearer’s identity, especially today, plays an equally important role as my creations. The fusion into a gesamtkunstwerk is becoming more and more important. I want to show layers of the wearer’s identity, but in a playful, yet graceful, elegant and self-determined way.”

Swarovski: Who do you design for?
Esther Perbandt: “Currently, I am focusing on strong and proud characters in the post-digital age. I am exploring the digital world. This year, I’ve been concentrating on discovering new digital horizons, finding borders, identifying post-democratic structures and as a consequence opening up in a global context.”

Gown with nearly 7000 Swarovski crystals by Fashion Designer Esther PerbandtSwarovski: What inspired this gown?
Esther Perbandt: “This gown was inspired by a very strong character. I designed the dress for a special presentation by the performance artist Lyra Pramuk at Berlin Fashion Week, during the Zeitmagazin UNLOCK STYLE conference. She performed the song ‘Moon’, so the dress was called ‘For Moon’.”