Internationally famed fashion designer and IWF Board Director Anja Gockel – of IWF Germany – opened a new flagship store in Cologne, Germany last week. It has already received shining reviews from the European fashion community, being named one of the “50 most beautiful shops in Europe.”
Gockel tapped Christina Beaumont, architect of the famous Prada store in New York City, for the design. The space features 130 square meters of exquisite Anja Gockel style, showcasing a collage which traces 19 years of highlights from the indomitable career of master designer Gockel.
She first studied at the Hamburg College of Art and Design and received her Master of Arts and Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin School in London. Prior to founding her own label she apprenticed as a design assistant with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Vivienne Westwood. Gockel’s designs have graced runways across the world (including a show at an exclusive IWF event during the 2014 IWF World Cornerstone Conference in Berlin) and her work is sold in 20 different nations.
Gockel has dressed an impressive list of global luminaries such as Diane Kruger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nadja Auermann, Alek Wek, Heidi Klum, Königin Silvia von Schweden, Esther Schweins, Ann-Kathrin Kramer, Jessica Schwarz, Marietta Slomka, Ruth Moschner, Rita Marley and Martina Hill.
In an interview with Cologne newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Gockel attributed her success in part to her ability to “find open doors and to have the courage to walk through them as well.” In addition to her successful retail outlets Gockel has hostsed frequent trunk shows at IWF World Conferences and was co-chair of the 2014 IWF World Cornerstone Conference in Berlin alongside preeminent opera director Kirsten Harms.
To view the full article, in German, from Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger click here.