Claudia Hill

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Claudia Hill
Residence Berlin, New York[1]
Nationality German
Education FIT, Parsons[2]
Occupation costume and fashion designer
Labels Claudia Hill

Claudia Hill is a German costume and fashion designer, based in Berlin and New York City.


Critics have described her designs as having a “captivating clarity”[3] and as being “not meant for only one season”.[4]

She “effectively bridges the art/fashion world divide without sacrificing wearability”,[5] her own view of this being that she is “a fashion designer who finds fashion too commercial and an artist who finds art too intellectual”.[6]

Her New York Fashion Week shows are deemed unconventional and take the form of performances or installations[1] (e.g., instead of a Fall/Winter 2000 runway show, she screened a film in the Bryant Park tents that featured her new collection[7][8]). She places a strong emphasis on the body's motion and prefers dancers over runway models for her shows.[9]


Claudia learned to sew from her mother, a tailor from Prague, at age 11.[4] She moved to New York in 1993 to study dance.[9]

The catalyst for Claudia Hill's move from costume to fashion design was Miguel Adrover, who would later receive the CFDA's Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-wear, but in 1997 was running his small boutique Horn on 9th Street: “She used to live near Horn and closely knew the owners Miguel and Duglas, as well as Pierrot, who was a sales person there. When she was wearing a self-made dress, Miguel asked her if she could sell her garments at the shop. That’s how she started production.”[10]



  • 1998 to 2005: Claudia Hill (Ready-to-wear)
  • 1998 to 2002: The Number After 10
  • 2005 to present: Claudia Hill (Limited Editions)

Ready-to-wear pieces have sold at her own store,[11] and in high-end boutiques, such as Barneys New York,[12][13] Louis Boston,[12] Fred Segal,[12][13] Seven New York,[14] Horn,[10] Desperado[3] and POV Beams.[3]

Notable Costume Designs[edit]


Claudia Hill has been a frequent collaborator with a diverse set of artists:

  • Japanese Photographer Ariko
    • Co-Designer of the The Number After 10 Line[19]
    • Ariko has been filming[7][8] and photographing the Claudia Hill line from the inception to the present.
  • Icelandic musician Skuli Sverrisson
    • Music for her Spring/Summer 2000 show
    • Music for her Spring/Summer 2001 show[7]
    • Music for the opening of her Berlin store in 2004
  • Architects Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture and Ruth Berktold of Asymptote Architecture
    • Art direction for the Spring/Summer 2001 show[7][20]
  • Israeli Artist Nelly Agassi
    • Collaborative Designs[3][21]
    • Performance “Schlafsahne”
    • Performance “Wasserwünsche” with Israeli musician Ori Drumer
  • Japanese Artist Daisuke Nakayama (official homepage in English)
    • Art Director For the Fall/Winter 2001 Show[7][22][23]
    • Director of the Fall/Winter 2000 Movie[8]


  1. ^ a b Quinn, Bradley (2009), Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge, London: Laurence King Publishing, pp. 68 to 73, ISBN 978-1-85669-581-7 
  2. ^ sal (November 2001), "Claudia Hill:Konzeptmode aus N.Y.", Bolero 
  3. ^ a b c d e Wesley, Jay (2005), "High on the Hill", Zoo, no. 8 
  4. ^ a b Schipp, Anke (June 27, 2004), "Auf Tuchfühlung", Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 
  5. ^ Jesella, Kara (April 2000), "Cut to the Chase", Nylon, pp. Page 52 
  6. ^ Feigelfeld, Paul (May 2003), "Hill Top für das pro-fashional Ballett", Style and the Family Tunes, pp. Page 36 
  7. ^ a b c d e Giordano, Kevin (Fall 2000), "Collector Items", *Surface 
  8. ^ a b c Composite, April 2000  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b c Magel, Eva-Maria (April 26, 2003), "Kleidung, nicht Kostüm", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 
  10. ^ a b Sanada, Yoko (August 2001), "Claudia Hill", gli, pp. Pages 36 & 37 
  11. ^ "Glanzpunkte, Mixen Sie Perlen, Duft, & Haute Couture", Elle Decoration Germany, pp. Page 46, January–February 2005 
  12. ^ a b c "Eiskalt für die Avantgarde", Deutsch, August 2004 
  13. ^ a b Storey, John (September 2004), Madame Figaro, Taiwan  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ a b "Not All Black and White", Wallpaper, April 2001 
  15. ^ Associated Artists of The Forsythe Company, retrieved 2009-04-06 
  16. ^ Siegmund, Gerald (2004), William Forsythe: Denken in Bewegung, Berlin: Henschel Verlag, pp. 78, 114, ISBN 3-89487-472-4 
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben (November 1, 2007), "Looks it not like the King? Well, More Like Burton", The New York Times, pp. Pages E1 & E12 
  18. ^ Associated Artists of The Wooster Group, retrieved 2009-04-06 
  19. ^ Chen, Aric (Summer 2001), "Claudia Hill", Black Book 
  20. ^ Rashid, Hani; Couture, Lise Anne; Katsanos, NA; Karaiskakis, G (2002), "Flux", Journal of Chromatography A, London: Phaidon Press, 934 (1–2): 31–49, ISBN 0-7148-4172-2, PMID 11762762, doi:10.1016/S0021-9673(01)01277-8 
  21. ^ TimeOut Tel Aviv, pp. Pages 54–56, 2007  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ gap, pp. Page 167, Fall–Winter 2001  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun, February 19, 2001  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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