After graduating with an MA in fashion design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Lars Paschke worked as co-author on collaborative projects in fashion, fine arts and jewelry design. In education and academia he aims to challenge traditional notions of fashion by introducing design projects merging industry knowledge with critical theory and experimental practice.
The fashion design program at UdK Berlin facilitates a creative and critical environment enabling students to develop a strong aesthetic and design political position. Within a diverse and adaptive curriculum of design projects exploring current topics, ranging from sustainable strategies in global fashion production to the renegotiation of authorship and responsibility in fashion design, students are sensitised to the extended values in fashion creation.
In her recent teaching the head of the department, Prof . Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen, has been focusing on the notion of quality in design and intercultural exchange, discussing the dynamics and practices, which inform both and make them markers of value creation in fashion. In particular she is dedicated to cultural practices of clothing as well as the appliance and challenging of traditional crafts.
In his teaching artistic associate Lars Paschke has been negotiating the role of the contemporary designer acting in an informational network. He locates value creation in fashion on the immaterial side such as alternative design methods and communication strategies, dealing with the semiotics of clothing and identity politics.
UdK Berlin student’s concept driven design aims to find answers to societal questions by challenging current design strategies and established aesthetics.