Katharina Kaesbach Artist and Designer
For quite some time I thought that the huge portrait on the main wall in Katharina Kaesbach’s Atelier dated from the Renaissance - either a Da Vinci or a Botticelli. The colours, the forms, the way the young girl is posing always reminded me of the great masters paintings.
And only two days ago, Katharina Kaesbach showed me her book of designs as if it was the most natural thing in the world. Browsing the pages I was speechless and overwhelmed, simply in awe of this work of a genuine artist. It came to my mind as a flash of lightning: Is she the young Paul Poiret? He was the revolutionary designer from the Belle Epoque who gave back to women their natural beauty in either classic or exotic lines and made them more feminine than ever before. Even for European designers of today this concept is new but not to Katharina Kaesbach. Often she uses graphic forms in her designs which bring to life the „new look“, the romantic female figures, the elegance and fine pencil lines of the greatest illustrator of all time, namely René Gruau. Katharina Kaesbach’s designs would stand proudly on the covers of „Vogue“ like Gruau’s not long ago did.
In our commercialized world Katharina Kaesbach is going straight her way without regarding what’s fashionable or what would sell more, just following her heart with only the well-being of women in mind, to enhance, to support their natural beauty - and she does just that with the utmost sensitivity and with great talent.
Did you know that she designs not only dresses, jackets and tops but also shoes, bags and hats? Oh yes, she designs accessories too. And I can hardly wait to tell you about her advices as a designer on how to match colours and forms. She will give you ideas and suggestions in the coming article „Turning heads with Katharina Kaesbach“.