Mia Kappelgaard


Mia Kappelgaard, 31. Kolding School of Design, MA Fashion Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Fashion Womenswear.


Design Background:

Before starting my education at Kolding School of Design I took a 2 year private course to find out what fashion was all about and to prepair myself.

Through my time at Kolding I’ve done company cooperation with Femmes Regionales, Cph. and .be / Bente Elmer, Paris as well as I’ve interned at Peclers Paris, Paris and Gaspard Yurkievich, Paris.




Project title:

Project: ‘Fashion’



The phenomenon of fashion has changed over the last 60 years. There has been a shift from fashion towards style – from a singular ever-changing theme towards a range of diverse, distinctive ‘signatures’.

This transition in fashion follows a societal shift toward what Danish philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen has termed the ‘project-dominated society’. Fogh Jensens thoughts on ‘project society’ placed in a fashion context has formed the inspiration to the project.  According to Fogh Jensen,  ‘project man/woman’ navigates a complex and often chaotic world. There is a constant pressure to connect and de-connect with people and projects.  In the realm of fashion the contemporary silhouette seems to be adapting in the same way in a patchwork of references.  Fashion is thereby autonomous when finding its inspirations – it is legal to borrow, customize and sample from all periods, styles and tendencies within society.

Equally, sampling and construction are essential in creating a new expression.

The ‘project man/woman’ seems to be able to adjust according to the situation and connections. Similarly, the silhouette seems to be changeable and adjustable to situations, and the expression is a wide palette of nuances, shades and references reflecting both personality and  surroundings.

The aim of this project has been to examine the modern use of references in fashion and to offer an interpretation of the ‘project silhouette’.




Where do you get inspiration from in general?

My inspiration is found primarily in vintage couture shapes, traditional ethnic and ceremonial attire, street style, the theatricality of fashion editorials, or even that ‘je ne sais quois’ that is often part of a compelling silhouette.




What do you find most difficult about the design process?

Taking decisions, leaving that billion other things you’ve also could have done behind…


What techniques did you use:

I’ve worked with phosphorescent and reflective print as well as reflective miniature glass ball adding another nuance to both material as well as silhouette. The techniques has been used on materials as different as crepe de chine, goretex and latex.




Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?

My approach is mainly conceptual.


Which garment is your favorite?

The floor long turtleneck dress that comes in both a 90’ties inspired print version and a version all in washed lamb – they have a similar strong expression at the same time as the gravity and look are miles apart.




What technique is your favorite?

I’m absolutely in love with the combination of silk, phosphorescent  and delicate radiant shaded print together with the miniature glass balls, that heavy down the fine silk.


How long did you work on this project?

6 months.




Which designer would you like to work for in the future?

I hope to collaborate with a great number of interesting designers both nationally and internationally.


Why did you choose Kolding?

To be honest it was much more a coincident than anything else that I ended up at Kolding School of Design. Having said that I would not have changed given the chance…

The facilities as well as the consultants and the crowd of people that seem to choose this school makes the difference.




What did you think of the education?

I think it is a great education that unfortunately suffers severe lacks as consultant hours and classes in general keep being cut down leaving both the conceptual as well as the technical side of the design process troubled and the students frustrated.


During your education, which project has been your favorite?

My favourite project all through my education has without doubt been my final collection – of course because of several reasons…one major reason though was  having Ike Rust from RCA as a consultant discussing the thoughts, concept, process,  silhouettes, material etc. of the project.




What advice would you give new students?

Believe first, seek a material later.


Which fellow students would you like to highlight? 

I think there’s several, but to mention one; Christel Thue, who’ve made a beautiful, well-thought, inspiring collection.




What was your childhood dream job?

Good question…think I changed my dream every now and then going over everything from being an actress, a nurse to a glass sculptor.


Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition? 

I’ve participated in Designers Nest twice, once with my BA collection and just recently with my MA collection.




With one word, what is your best quality?



What are your plans for the future?

I’ve just began working with Femmes Regionales in Cph. which I’m very exited about. What the future brings only time can tell… I have a good feeling though!




Will you be selling your MA collection?

Part of my MA collection will be produced. Provider, a Danish skin brand, who’ve helped me with all my skin styles for my final collection, will put the skin styles into production as a limited edition named Provider by Mia Kappelgaard.


Were can we find more information on you? 

Søndagsavisen, article

Cover, article


Designskolen Kolding, profile




Contact info: 

Tel.; +45 2874 1026





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