Designer of the Year 19.20 Award
Berlin, Germany, July 2019
For the designer Otilia Vlad, clothing is the artistic visualisation of thoughts, values and attitudes.
Not fashion-trends are the focus for her, but the combination of traditional symbols, values and details from all over the world.
She transforms thinking to the body, in terms of
shape and touch, and subtly reveals forgotten techniques on sustainable sculptures.
Otilia Vlad shows fashion as a cultural asset by interweaving fashion with contemporary art. She makes an aesthetic visible in times of the somehow, of everything possible and of searching for values, which finally astonishes again.
Mara Michel, CEO VDMD, Berlin, Germany, July 2019
Biotopia Fest - Skin Close: Fabric of the Future
Munich, June 2018
BIOTOPIA, the new Museum of Man and Nature, in the beautiful surrounding of Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, brought together scientists and designers to explore and present the materials of the future. This exhibition was designed to engage the visitors with some of the most critical issues of our time and to question and reconfigure the relationship between human beings and other species.
Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Munich, June 2018
Munich Fashion Award 2018
Munich, Germany, March 2018
„When she accepted her award, she was close to tears. Her collection was as emotional as her reaction.
You could describe her fashion as an organic gothic one. Completely black silhouettes, reminiscent of ice crystals and bird outlines, associate simultaneously to the forms of haute couture and deformed contours of the Japanese fashion designers.
Not commercial, but so outstanding that the jury wanted to highlight it.
Since her graduation, she has represented Germany successfully in Sri Lanka and Portugal and won fashion awards. Behind her collection, there is a criticism of the current fast-fashion system, the violations of environmental protection and labour rights in low-wage countries. That‘s why her creations are all made from environmentally friendly materials and without waste.“
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich,Germany, March 2018
Porto, Portugal, December 2017
„Otilia Vlad, an alumna of AMD Munich, represented Germany in Porto and won the prize „The Best Collection per Countries“ with her bachelor collection, which has an extremely handcraft touch and reflects exclusively Haute Couture. An extraordinary designer and artist!“
Ms. Ulrike Naegele, Dean and Professor in Fashion Design at AMD Academy Fashion & Design Munich, Munich, Germany, January 2018
International Graduates Fashion Show 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 2017
„Modern body armour, with a global political nod for living in uncertain times, with aggressive, yet finely worked detailing, is perfect for today‘s sophisticated.
The texture, proportions and intricate subtleties combine beautifully together to create a stellar collection. A timeless collection of innovative armour for the powerful woman.“
Daily Mirror, Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 2017
Expo Milan 2015
Milan, October 2015
On the occasion of Expo Milano 2015, Bavaria presented to the public outstanding solutions and ideas for sustainable design, in the exhibition "Smart Innovation - Design from Bavaria".
The event was part of the Bavarian Culture Week and was organized by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.
Bayern Design, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Munich, October 2015
Munich, May, 2014
A visionary assimilation between the spine and the lead role’s costume of the film „Maleficent“ reconstructed the strong and yet fragile character. The
wooden art piece opened the premiere of the film at Gloria Palace in Munich.
The innovative creation was shown also at the EXPO Milano in 2015 by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.