Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen studied fashion design at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp/Belgium. After her graduation in 1994 she took over the product managing of in-house collection Callaghan and in the following years also for the license productions Chanel and Helmut Lang at Zamasport SpA/Italy. Later Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen managed the new brands Stella McCartney and Balenciaga at Gucci Group / Italy. In 2002, she joined as Head of Design Milan based label Costume National, for which she also worked as a freelance designer. Since 2005 she is professor of Fashiondesign at the Berlin University of Arts and managing director of the Institute for Fashion- and Textile design at the Berlin University of Arts.