Renowned for its subversive Alpine-Punk-Couture aesthetic, Berlin-based Ottolinger is a collaboration between Swiss design duo Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient. Having met during their studies at the Basel School of Design, the two quickly began making waves with their avant-garde and fearlessly destructive take on womenswear challenging the tradition notion of glamour and sex appeal, questioning what is considered flattering to a woman's physique.
Their punk approach to couture tailoring is refreshingly unorthodox including unique labor-intensive signatures techniques like holes burned by a blowtorch, cut and knotted fabric, shredding to create dramatically frayed fabrics, over-dying. The counterculture label has garnered a cult following for their asymmetric silhouettes, raw aesthetic and hands-on process of abstraction and deconstruction. The resulting re-assemblage represents an unlikely harmony between meticulous construction and punk-tinged rebellion although with a healthy dose of humor.
2018 LVMH PRIZE – Semi-Finalists
2017 Swiss Design Prize – Winner
2017 Dazed 100 – The next generation shaping youth culture
2016 – VFILES Runway Prize – Winner
Select stockists: The Store - Berlin, H. Lorenzo - L.A., V Files - NY, Antonioli - Milan, Ssense - Montreal, Galeries Lafayette - Beijing, GR8 - Osaka, Ink - Hong Kong