Writer. Lecturer. Curator. Entrepreneur.
Fashion is all about constant change, but also about storytelling. As an editor, curator, and as a professor, I discover new stories every day.
My over 150 publications focus on in-depth interviews with creative industry experts, the investigation of innovation, as well as reviews of current trends.
As a researcher and academic, I combine speculative design thinking in regard to fashion and technology with real-world retail experience.
In 2020 I co-curated Making Fashion Sense at the HeK in Basel, featuring designers such as Iris Van Herpen, Hussein Chalayan and Ying Gao, as well as rising star of creative AI Robbie Barrat and virtual fashion designer Alfatih.
I enjoy letting my 20 years of experience in the fashion industry infuse and enthuse the hearts and minds of visitors, students, and readers. Catch me at one of my lectures or conferences.
Or just browse through some of my work below.
THE SHORT STORY
My career as a culture and fashion correspondent in New York led me to become the CEO/founder of the designer platform SEPTIEME ETAGE in the year 2000, and twenty years of fashion practice and research. Around 150 of my articles have found their way into a variety of publications, including L'OFFICIEL Suisse, PAPER Magazine, Bolero Magazine, Bilan, AgefiBliss, Time Out Switzerland, New York Magazine, Manhattan File, and many more. I write in English, German and French, and chit-chat in Italian.
I am also a professor and speaker. Currently Professor at UQAM in Montreal, I have been a Visiting Professor at the Fashion & Technology department at the Kunstuniversität Linz, have lectured at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD), SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), as well as at PARSONS PARIS (The New School). I have been active in professional and academic design juries since 2001, including the Swiss Textiles Award and the Design Prize Switzerland. My research and speaking engagements have taken me from Shanghai to Dubai.
Books and dachshunds make me go weak in the knees, and don't get me started on digital fashion, or Bruno Munari.