With her knitted objects this Swiss textile designer is pushing both the genre’s boundaries and the expectations regarding fashion.
She learnt knitting from her grandmother when she was young. Her enthusiasm for creations made from a single yarn hasn’t diminished since and her career is defined by experimentation. She got her degree at the Zurich University of the Arts, and although her studies had essentially focussed on woven materials, ever since buying her first knitting machine she has almost exclusively designed and made crocheted fabrics. Her works do not follow expectations or rules; she has a penchant for mixing luxury-quality and raw-feeling materials. These unexpected mixtures result in exciting experimental compositions that are playful, are usually 3D and give the human body a sculpture-like appearance. Besides clothing Feilchenfeldt also creates accessories that take shape as either spectacular jewellery or unique hats.
After graduating she almost immediately won the Brunschwig Prize for Applied Arts which established her career both in Switzerland and abroad. In 2000 she moved to Paris and opened her own studio. She began working as a costume designer, creating progressive and impressive costumes for theatre and various other stage productions for nearly a decade. She subsequently returned to the fashion industry where she now creates breathtaking pieces commissioned by haute couture fashion houses.