Prof. Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen
Prof. Valeska Schmidt- Thomsen (b. 1970 in Berlin) 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 1996, she presented with Gerrit Mertens in Milan the collection "Fashion - Furniture" a combined work of the two fields. In 2002, she joined as Head of Design Milan based label Costume National, for which she also worked as a freelance designer.
2004 she was visiting Professor of Fashiondesign at Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2005 she is professor of Fashiondesign at Berlin University of the Arts and managing director of the Institute for Fashion- and Textiledesign at Berlin University of the Arts.