Frank Leder

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Frank Leder
Born (1974-09-25) September 25, 1974 (age 42)
Nationality German
Education Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Awards 2002 Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award

Frank Leder ( born September 25, 1974 in Nuremberg, Germany ) is a German fashion designer.


Frank Leder studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he was awarded an MA with distinction. He developed his brand while still in College, establishing himself in London with forward thinking Fashion Shows as well as contributing as Art Director and Stylist to Fashion Magazines like i-D and Sleazenation. Through these works, Leder dealt with his position in the fashion industry in an intellectual way. His work often breaks with the idea of a traditional method of presentation by proposing a different viewpoint.[1] Showing from 2000 to 2002 at London Fashion Week, he switched to the Mens Fashion Week in Paris, after moving 2002 to Berlin.

2002 Frank Leder was awarded the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award in England. 2003 saw the launch of Frank Leders Womenswear Line.

The Leitmotiv of Frank Leders work is an authentic and concise expression of German culture and history.[2] All collections have a strong concept, clear vision and integration of German cultural elements, often creating a whole storyline around collections, which work on different levels of perception. His clothes function on a surface level but also invite you to take a closer look.[3] The garments are rooted in German history, using references from workwear to traditional men's tailoring, but combining those images with contemporary cuts and unusual, but accessible and interesting ideas, making them essentially modern in their wearability and approach.[4] Themes of his collections deal with the course of life of his father, traditional German societies like fighting students and small town firemen brigades, German workmen people like miners, bakers and butchers, military themes like submarine men or Germanys colonial past.[5] In combining a mischievous curiosity with a nod to tradition and a healthy sense of humour, Leder has created his very own niche in contemporary fashion.[6]

For creating his visual universe, Leder is mainly working together with German photographer Gregor Hohenberg. Whether staging a show for the blind or inviting buyers and press to view his collection in his father’s hometown in bohemia, he has made it clear that he will play the game with his own rules in a way he feels comfortable with.[7]

The collections are completely produced in Germany, with great attention to details and workmanship, using mainly fabrics from German companies.[8] Traditional German fabrics are being sourced, like Deutschleder or Schladminger, which have become signature pieces. The buttons Leder uses on his garments are mainly vintage, antique buttons from the 1920/30’s.

Frank Leder garments are being worn by a lot of artists, actors and musicians, who appreciate the modern intellectual approach rooted in history. Frank Leder is working with a variety of those artist friends, who appear regularly as models in his publications.

Other work[edit]

Leder likes to work with those people on a wide scale of subjects, one cooperation resulting in the label Raw Power with fellow designer Michael Ellis from 2000 to 2006 and with Austrian singer/songwriter Florian Horwath which led to the project called The Essence starting in 2005.

The work of The Essence is manifested through travels, exhibitions and selected offered items in a context between art and fashion. The Essence should be understood as a field of experimentation and conceptional exploration into topics ranging from art to design, resulting in items of jewellery, clothes and art works, which find their place in fashion shops as well as art galleries.

As well as designing annually two mens and womenswear collections, Leder also designs limited furniture pieces, design objects and interiors for selected clients. Leder’s work has been featured in various gallery exhibitions around the globe, and is also regularly featured in various design publications and fashion magazines, making him one of the most well known German designers of his generation. Frank Leder is also a guest lecturer at universities in Germany.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Davis,Hywel (2008).Modern Menswear.Lawrence King Publishing Ltd.
  2. ^ Bücker,Silke (2007).Interview for the Goethe-Institute.Goethe-Institute
  3. ^ von Rabenau,Kai (2005).Mono.Kultur#02 Frank Leder: Fabrics for Thought.Mono.Kultur
  4. ^ Davis,Hywel (2008).Modern Menswear.Lawrence King Publishing Ltd.
  5. ^ Barth,Nadine (2008).Berlin Fashion.DuMont Buchverlag
  6. ^ von Rabenau,Kai (2005).Mono.Kultur#02 Frank Leder: Fabrics for Thought.Mono.Kultur
  7. ^ von Rabenau,Kai (2005).Mono.Kultur#02 Frank Leder: Fabrics for Thought.Mono.Kultur
  8. ^ Marx,Ilona (2006).Umlaut Mode_01.Tisch7 Verlagsgesellschaft