She calls her individual style of heavy draping and simple tailoring ‘Audiovisual Couture’ and her designs have a pure femininity about them that is somewhat absent in other designer’s work.
Each piece of her collection is powerful in its own right, yet holds its naivety due to the pallid colour schemes and minimal accessories.
Whilst Wilhelm was studying, she entered numerous international design competitions before landing a job with Vivienne Westwood in London, an amazing experience that has surely helped to inspire her collections even to this day.
Wilhelm also won the Barclay Catwalk Fashion Award in Switzerland and has been ‘discovered’ by MTV’s Designerama for her incredible talent.
As the youngest of three siblings and a self-confessed ‘daydreamer’, Wilhelm was always seen as ‘somehow different’, but this dissimilarity has luckily set her apart from thousands of other fashion designers all over the globe.
Her designs seem effortless, as if created whimsically from a childhood dream, however Wilhelm did not even consider being a designer in juvenile fantasies. Due to her multitude of other interests, she had zeal for just about everything in the industry before settling as a designer.
Her passions for music, photography, styling, journalism, choreography and PR gave her a taste for adventure before she finally realised that she could combine her overflowing talents into one area: fashion.
Wilhelm’s aim is to go outside superficial beauty in her designs, and she tries to combine the element of ‘motion’ in all her work to keep her ideas constantly evolving: a pivotal revolution for such a young force.
Despite all this, her work does not simply stop at designing. From this year, Silke Wilhelm has also become the Creative Manager for the charity campaign ’Vision – Action. Change’; a movement against female genital mutilation. She is currently working on campaigns to make people aware of the cause, commissioning artists, musicians, photographers and designers to help with the themes of the charity.
Check out issue 8 of Schön! to read a full interview with Silke Wilhelm as she discusses her inspirations, passion and style.
Photography by Jackie Hardt
Words by Sarah Fox