All About Jil Sander

As a fashion minimalist, Jil Sander continues to reign supreme in designs that contain elegant simplicity rather than complicated extremes.

In 1968, Jil Sander arrived in the United States from her native land of Northern Germany.She began her career as a fashion journalist for publications such as McCall's and Germany's Constanze and Petra.By utilizing her training in textile engineering, Sander began exploring her design skills and created a collection out of Trevira fabrics for the chemical company Hoechst.In the same year, she opened her first boutique.Unfortunately, her designs received a lukewarm reception and were often ignored.

With her initial minimalist collection, Sander proved to be ahead of her time because they soon gained praise in the 1980's with the help of similar revolutionary pieces by Japanese designers Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto.Like Sander, Miyake and Yamamoto's designs contained the utmost elements of simplicity, which showcased her talent as an "Easternized" Western designer.

Sander's designs are anything but ostentatious, containing precise line and cuts that quietly scream elegance.Celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Uma Thurman and Barbara Streisand are all known to be fans of her underplayed pieces.Sander makes full use of her textile knowledge by constructing sophisticated clothing that maintains a certain amount of simplicities. Much of her women's wear is discreetly uncomplicated and strays away from elaborate prints, vibrant colors and cluttering zippers.Rather than go the route of flamboyance, Sander sticks to the basics and innovatively alters them to create interesting asymmetric cuts, offbeat hems and other unique elements.In doing so, Sander intentionally transforms the female shape into a suitably fit look. Because her designs remain inconspicuously delicate, her products contain the freedom of coordination that makes them ideal for the everyday woman who opts for a more low-key and polished appearance.Linen shirts, skillfully cuffed pants, lightweight jackets and other refined clothing based on her crisp tailoring style personify the Jil Sander label.Sander's attention to detail and fashionable vision enables her to create contemporary pieces that emulate the self-confidence of a woman.Her deep concern with the choice of textiles, sometimes can be just as important, if not more, than the clothing itself.The dedication of Sander's work is reflected through her full involvement in the production of her collections.From her meticulous designs to the exclusive marketing tactics, Sander has a part in each stage of development.In fact, she has been known to assist in the design of many of her boutiques as well as dictating the behavior of the store associates.


In 1999, when her label became a subsidiary of the Prada Corporation, Sander started to encounter difficulties with some of her colleagues. In 2000, after Sander and brand owner Patrizio Bertelli were at odds, she walked out of her fashion house and didn't return until 2003.During her absence, designer Milan Vukmirovic boldly strayed away from the original style of Jil Sander's previous lines and created very fashionably slanted and youthful clothing.

Sander continues to prove herself as a talented designer of the extraordinary plain.Her label has continued to blossom with a men's line, leather goods, cosmetics and other accessories.Despite her unsteady relationships with Prada, her collections still preserve her original ideas of quiet femininity on the fashion forefront.

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