"They gonna kind of hate you every day for one and a half years. They are going to tell you every day that you are worthless and that you have to change everything."
Courtey of Sissi Goetze
The garments in Goetze's Graduation collection were all white, made from jersey cotton usually used for t-shirts.
The garments in Goetze's Graduation collection were all white, made from jersey cotton usually used for t-shirts. Courtey of Sissi Goetze
Berlin designer Sissi Goetze graduated with a master's degree in menswear from Central Saint Martins College in London.
Sipping Earl Grey tea in a cafe in Berlin, she euphorically talks about her time at the prestigious college.
"It's the best thing that ever happened to me because I learned so much," Goetze says. "I learned so much about me. I learned so much about fashion. The great thing- they really bring out the essence of yourself."
For Goetze, it was a dream come true, but before she discovered her love for menswear, she started with patterns for women while studying fashion design in Berlin.
"It's more interesting for me to do menswear. It's more like a construction work. Women wear- each season you have a new silhouette, new styles, and with menswear it's more restricted. Also, a huge part is that I always get along more easily with guys."
The 30 year-old likes restrictions. A men's shirt is just a shirt, says the designer, and that's exactly what triggers her imagination and her drive for perfection.
Although she admits that her studio in Kreuzberg is rather chaotic, her designs look quite the opposite: minimal and monochrome.
Goetze's graduation collection was all white and made out of jersey cotton usually used for t-shirts.
"My work is very conceptional, and from each collection on there is a red line going through. It's more like a study."
Sissi Goetze Andreas Muehe
In the fashion world, Goetze's creations have been described as surgical. For her spring/summer collection, she used one basic t-shirt pattern construction as a foundation for all the tops, creating dress shirts, jackets and coats.
The Berliner says she also likes to layer clothing.
"Actually, if you look at the collars of the Renaissance, you have all these layers and things like that. That could be an inspiration as well as early 80's and break dance. It's everything."
Sissi Goetze is up for her next big challenge: the presentation of her autumn/ winter 2012 menswear collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.
It's still top secret, and she can't talk about her latest collection, except to say her main material is wool and that she was inspired by the Rocky films.