Tuesday 26 May 2015

Mies Nobis at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2015

Meet Berlin based designer Millicent Nobis and her jewellery brand Mies Nobis.
Millicent Nobis comes from Katoomba, a small town in Australia.
Mies Nobis takes part again at the designer market of FASHIONCLASH Festival with her amazing must have jewellery designs.

Q&A with designer Millicent Nobis:

How would you describe your work?
A fascination with modern minimalism and tribal jewellery made of horn & bone.

What is your technique?
Hand made pieces in brass & silver, hand carved horn or wood.

What is your most name worthy achievement up to now in relation to fashion? 
Being selected by the Vogue Italy to be part of last years Dubai Mall talent showcase, and meeting guests like Franca Sozzani, Karolina Kurkova & Lily Cole was pretty exciting.

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations? Why? 
I love the work of German art jewellery Karl Fritsch’s. His use of precious materials is irreverent and exciting.

Graphic design: Laura Knoops
Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity?
I just try not to compare my work with other peoples’ work, and focus on the process rather than the final product.

“Fashion is quite a dated concept. I think the focus is moving more towards the actual item, the fabrication, the craftsmanship, and the story.” 

Have you recently experienced something that totally blew your mind? 
I was in Asia recently and it blew my mind how bad the rubbish disposal is. I realize how much I take for granted such good recycling systems in Australia and Germany.

What is your most favorite accessory? Why? 
Rings, lots of rings, and a bright red lipstick. They are small and easy style details.

How would you define fashion?
Fashion is quite a dated concept. I think the focus is moving more towards the actual item, the fabrication, the craftsmanship, and the story.

What are the key factors in your design? 
Simplicity, quality and individual kind of beauty.

What makes your items different from others? What is your designing philosophy? 
I try not to over think it. I think everyone has an individual style anyway there is no reason to force it. I just do what I like, and work with people, materials or processes that I find interesting.

"It’s about skin, texture, muscle shape, the outline of the body, figurative art, romanesque sculpture."

Fashion needs to progress year in year out, how do you keep innovating? 
It’s quite organic. I don’t want to keep doing the same thing over and over, so just the process of trying new things creates new outcomes.

What is the contemporary condition of fashion in your place of residence?
Berlin is quite a melting pot of style as a lot of international people live here. German’s is chic but practical, I like that.

What is your ultimate goal? 
An end to world hunger.

What are your views on gender categorization in fashion? 
I think obviously men and woman have different bodies, so it makes sense to have some kind of categorization. But we are coming from a past of too many separations. And since fashion likes to push boundaries, we are definitely heading towards a merging of the original borders of gender, which is very interesting, and will be interesting to see what new definitions will be established.

Do you believe the western binary gender system (male/female) will eventually disappear? 
It’s hard to imagine it will disappear altogether, but maybe lessen in the way that race or sexual preferences has. Within my friends and family, there are many different racial backgrounds, but it is of little relevance in a definitory sense.

Millicent with Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italy
What are your thoughts on the idea that unisex is the new androgynous in fashion? 
I am no expert, but today my jeans are unisex and my jumper was my boyfriend’s, so you could have a point.

What does your collection try to communicate? What is it about? 
It’s about skin, texture, muscle shape, the outline of the body, figurative art, romanesque sculpture. I still have to put it into better words actually.

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH? 
I really enjoyed the experience last year.

What can we expect from you at the festival?
Hopefully great things!

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival once again? 
It’s an interesting market. The visitors are not those typical fashion/trend people but people with an individual taste and appreciation of interesting design.

Who are your target consumers? How do you define them? 
They are incredibly stylish individuals, and they constantly surprise me.

What is your price range?
Between 60 - 450 euro.

How do you balance between the function of the items and the appearance of them?
I think of appearance, shape and structure first. But since I don’t wear things that are overly complicated, so that is important in finalizing the piece.


Mies Nobis at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014

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