Equal parts art and fashion, the works of Nikoline Liv Andersen are in a class of their own. Wild silhouettes and loud materials as seen on Björk's outstanding world tour fur dress caught the eye of Fendi and resulted in a five-year stint designing for the Italian fahsion house under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld.
How do you stand out from the crowd in 2020?
I am not the archetypical designer. I do not make commercial collections, I work artistically with unique pieces of clothing, installations, and textiles for exhibitions, performing artists, and private customers. My work is situated in the cross section between fashion and art. In my projects I always try to tell a story and question the way we live in modern society, how things we do as a normal thing in our daily life can have consequences for other people, animals or nature around the world.
What convinced you to start your own brand?
I have always been eager to create, so it seemed like the most natural thing to do. It takes a lot of discipline together with blood and tears, but I believe that if you work hard for it, you will succeed.
What characterises your designs and products?
I make one of a kind couture. All my textiles are experimental and executed by hand. My design is expressive and sculptural with fine details outside and in. To me it is not only important to be expressive, the tailoring also needs to be perfect.
How do you consider sustainability in your collections?
It is important to me with everything I do that it has an importance, a necessity and a high quality. I never discard leftovers, instead I keep them for future projects to reuse in a new way. My last project, Dark Matter, was made entirely by leftovers, and a lot of my fur pieces are made of vintage coats – also the fur dress I made for Björk. I find leftovers extremely inspiring, and the quality can be just as exclusive as a new material.
What can the Magasin du Nord Fashion Prize do for you if you win in 2020?
It would mean the world to me.