Mette Gade Toppenberg


Mette Gade Toppenberg, 26. The Danish Design Institute of TEKO, BA Product Design Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Fashion Womenswear.


Design Background:

Since I was I little girl I have been designing and observing clothes and saying that one day I wanted to be a designer, so here I am.


What was the most valuable you learned before starting at your education?

Being able to sew was a big help.




Project title:

The Corpus Abditus Collection



For this collection the inspiration is various pictures from within the body. Close-ups of cells, bones, nerves, membranes and scans create a world illed with different structures, layers, patterns and colours.




Where do you get inspiration from in general?

I am always very much inspired by the contrasts in things


How is your process when you design?

I start researching and searching for inspiration and during this process I just let my mind work and play. At some point I start testing ideas and I sit down and just start sketching and sketching.


What do you find most difficult about the design process?

The process up until the point where you get that first really great idea which becomes the base of the rest of your work


Describe your collection with three words?

Feminine, structures, graphic.


What techniques did you use:

Special knitting technique I invented by use of a hand knitting machine, hand made prints on jersey and silk, special voluminous smogging tecnique.




Which technique was the most difficult?

Hand printing directly on the fabric is always very nerve-wracking because you can´t undo it once the paint is on.


Which garment was most difficult to make?

My bodystocking entirely done in smogging because constructing the pattern for this was completely trial-and-error based.


Which garment took the longest to make?

Definitely my dress with the knots: the knots are tied by hand and it took me days to do.




Which garment is your favorite?

My smogged bodystocking.


What technique is your favorite?

My self-invented knit.


How long did you work on this project?

3 months.


Is there something you regret not doing in your collection?

I regret not having more time.




What designers inspire you?

I have always admired Vivienne Westwood.


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

Lets see what happens.


Why did you choose TEKO?

I had a friend that went there and she recommended it to me.


What did you think of the education?

Good, but I would have loved to have more time to do projects and play.


During your education, which project has been your favorite?

My final exam!




What advice would you give new students?

Save up some money for the final exam so you don´t have to worry too much about that aspect.


Why do you want to be a designer?

It´s exciting and challenging.


What was your childhood dream job?



Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition?

Entered the Triumph Inspiration Awards where I was in the top 10 in the Danish finals.


With one word, what is your best quality?





What are your plans for the future?

To start working and get lots of experience from the industry.


Will you continue to MA?

No, not yet anyway.


Will you be selling your BA collection?

If anyone should be interested, send me an e-mail.


Were can we find more information on you?



Contact info:


Phone: +45 24 91 99 73

One Response to “Mette Gade Toppenberg”
  1. discodaug says:


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