Stefanie Schellwies// P
Creative Writing / Realization / Photography
“Fashion, for me, isn’t about models, it isn’t about shows, it certainly isn’t about some power-play pecking order — in fact, it isn’t even about clothes. It’s about fantasy. Fashion enables you to dream. That’s why I still love it and always will.” -Alexander Fury-
00 Dreaming dreams is one side of the coin however, I am striving to get on the other side where they are made. I would like to create dreams for everyone to see and to feel.
„I know you all find us sexually attractive, but we are not here to fuck you tonight!“ Fans soaked in fake blood, Heavy Metal sounds , roaring vocals and on stage super-sized monsters, deliver an incredible brutal stage show. Here and there some actors in police oﬃcer costumes get stabbed on stage, again fake blood is splashing through the air, and at some point a schizophrenic Jitler (mixture between Jesus and Hitler) is jerking green slime over the crowd. This is how a normal GWAR concert works. If you haven’t seen it you wouldn’t believe it! For 25 years now, the band GWAR is known for their bloody massacres on stage and their scary costumes. What started in an old dairy factory in Virginia became an international highlight in the metal scene. On stage all five band members play in enormous monster costumes and call there characters: Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Balsac the Jaws of Death, Beefcake the Mighty and Jizmak Da Gusha. Since their first album in 1988 they built up a whole story around these characters, which look like another generation of evil “Lord of the Rings” or “World of Warcraft” creatures. But how did they get such a crazy idea and where do they get these scary costumes? That’s something I really wanted to know, so I had a nice chat with the lead singer Dave Brockie before the show and before I even knew what it would mean to get hugs from soaking wet and fake blood covered fans. Just to let you know: My shirt didn’t stay white. VICE: You are freaking insane. Playing Heavy Metal, wearing monster costumes and splashing around with fake blood or even fake sperm. How does one get such a crazy idea? Dave Brockie (lead singer): We are doing this for 25 years now and in the first place the whole thing was just a joke. One of our friends was working on a movie called Scumdogs of the universe and had the costumes for that, some of us were playing in punk rock bands and stuﬀ, so we just combined the two things. Since then we built up a whole story around GWAR, how we were banished from space to live
on earth, where we fucked the apes and created the human race, coming to our new Album „Lust in space“, where GWAR flies back to outer space to kick ass. Our creative band meetings work pretty simple: we take those ideas, which make us crack up the most. So the whole evolution started with GWAR – interesting. How do you come up with the characters and who makes your costumes? As time went by, we developed many diﬀerent characters and every member of the band is forming their own character again and again, so that it fits them perfectly. We do the same with our costumes. We make them all ourselves. We have to! There is no one who can make them the way we want them to be. Take a costume for a movie for example, they only have to last a few times on stage. Whereas our costumes have to work night, after night, after night – and our show is pretty brutal. You are making them all yourselves? Impressive. How exactly does that work? Our costumes are mainly made out of rugby pads and liquid rubber. We are making the forms out of clay and then mold them. Mold them, put them together, make them look all pretty and then go on stage and kick ass. That kind of costume is probably pretty heavy. Thinking about stage lights and packed locations, that seems pretty hard to handle. Well, mine weighs around 20-30 kilos. And it gets heavier during the show, when it starts to suck up all the sweat – it is freaking hot under these things. It is like gearing up for a rugby match. GWAR is pretty scary and obscene and in your show you kill, stab and torture people and there is a lot of blood involved. How do you family and kids think about that? My dad thinks it is stupid, but everyone else loves it – I mean my dad is very old and conservative. I don’t have children myself, however, I am amazed over and over again by how great the kids of other GWAR members turned out to be.
Some are already old enough and come to see our show and due to the fact that our tour is not that crazy and intense anymore, we are at home for half of the year. How does it work to get the balance right between the character and everyday life? Are you actually enjoying not to wear costumes from time to time and to have gigs without them? Out of costume we call ourselves RAWG. This is when we are playing music which is more mainstream and not that heavy. In real life we are all pretty normal and boring people. I mean, life with the band is insane enough, so it happens automatically that you mellow down when you have the chance. Some people still don’t get, that I am the cruel Oderus Urugnus on stage. Many say I am a really nice guy – OK, until I am an asshole again. Even FOX News wanted to have an interview with Oderus on television. He will go down in history, like Dracula or Frankenstein. Did you set a limit for yourselves when you want to stop being GWAR? No limits. Goals! Like I said, people love us and we can’t just take that from them. We can make a living out of it anyway, we keep our asses in shape and we still haven’t done everything we want, yet. Sounds like you are still motivated. How about the show tonight? It’s gonna to be a great show. You better wear a white t-shirt and tie your hair back. So your fans don’t actually dress up in costumes? And does the blood stuff wash out? In Rostock we had one fan dressing up in a cardboard GWAR costume, which fell apart after the first song. Hilarious. And about the fake blood: It washes out pretty easily with clothes – it is just food coloring – but hair is more diﬃcult. After the tour we are all pink. Well, that’s gonna be fun. See you tonight.
Vice: You’re 26? Anna: I know. I look like a 14-year-old boy, right? That’s good, I feel like a 14-year-old too, and you probably wouldn’t have guessed I’m a girl either. Right. Where are you from? I am from Paris. When I put this jacket on I asked my friend if I looked crazy, but he said, “No, you look very bourgeoise today”. So what are you up to in Berlin? Oh, I’m a graphic designer and I want to do an exhibition here soon. But actually I’m just having cheap fun with my two boyfriends (points to her two friends), haha! Our bed is tiny. You can never have enough fun. How about your love life? Let’s say it’s a bit more mellow than yours, let me know when you get tired of one of yours. STEFANIE SCHELLWIES Vice: How did you like the concert? Paul: I fucking love GWAR. They are amazing. What do you do? Until yesterday I was a teaching children but I got fired. Oh. And now? I’m actually pretty happy I got fired. Now I can go to China to teach. Probably in about two months. Nice. Where is your T-shirt? I didn’t bring one. STEFANIE SCHELLWIES
It was the perfect escape into a winter wonderland, today at the MLY Autumn/Winter 2010/11 – „Colour me out!“ Fashion show at the ‘Westergas’area in Amsterdam.After an enchanting movie of the photo-shooting for the collection in a beautiful, snowy, Norwegian landscape, all the bad feelings about the freezing cold weather outside were gone. Snow blowing through the air like star dust and a very personal view of the models, set the mood for a romantic holiday in Norway and the show could begin.With „Colour me out!“ designer Emily Hermans showed a collection of intriguing details - a mix-and-match between elegance in black and a casual, young modernity with jewellery, patterns and colours. The casually cut dresses in hues of black and grey, cautiously underlining the curves of the feminine body, were one of the main themes of the collection. Another one were the combination with outstanding pieces like checkered blazers with shades of red and brown, filligrane embroidery along the décolleté or ellaborate and super-sized necklaces, which were definitely the eye-catchers of the show, just like the rustic leather clogs with wooden high heels.As a sophisticated and more mature element level curves lined the catwalk and were repeated in the pattern of some dresses shown in the collection. The height they described, ended in the amazing twirled buns or pony tails of the models.At the end of the show the designer stepped out in one of her own designs, which emphasized even more how personal and wearable this collection is for a rather cold and uncomfortable season, especially for the elegant and tough working woman of today.by Stefanie Schellwies
It was the perfect escape into a winter wonderland, today at the MLY Autumn/Winter 2010/11 – „Colour me out!“ Fashion show at the ‘Westergas’area in Amsterdam. After an enchanting movie of the photo-shooting for the collection in a beautiful, snowy, Norwegian landscape, all the bad feelings about the freezing cold weather outside were gone. Snow blowing through the air like star dust and a very personal view of the models, set the mood for a romantic holiday in Norway and the show could begin. With „Colour me out!“ designer Emily Hermans showed a collection of intriguing details - a mixand-match between elegance in black and a casual, young modernity with jewellery, patterns and colours. The casually cut dresses in hues of black and grey, cautiously underlining the curves of the feminine body, were one of the main themes of the collection. Another one were the combination with outstanding pieces like checkered blazers with shades of red and brown, filligrane embroidery along the décolleté or ellaborate and super-sized necklaces, which were definitely the eye-catchers of the show, just like the rustic leather clogs with wooden high heels. As a sophisticated and more mature element level curves lined the catwalk and were repeated in the pattern of some dresses shown in the collection. The height they described, ended in the amazing twirled buns or pony tails of the models. At the end of the show the designer stepped out in one of her own designs, which emphasized even more how personal and wearable this collection is for a rather cold and uncomfortable season, especially for the elegant and tough working woman of today.
Product descriptions Collection book Leafe jeans
Lupus I A fashion item enhancing your whole body as a jumpsuit. Made out of authentic Muddbreeze denim. Two pieces. Loose fit. Tied. With Leafeâ€™s charm stitched onto it: The two significant orange stitch lines
Introduction text Collection book Leafe jeans
There is a breeze coming up. The twilight is awaiting you. Burning orange is sharing the sky with the darkness of the night. Donâ€™t be afraid. Let your heart take it from here ...from the wild to the winds.
design Sketches: Stefanie Schellwies Model: Phillip Hus
A group project by Feenja Kern Freya Roski Stefanie Schellwies Sanne Veugelers Introduction of a new jeans brand to the fashion market.
Design/Realiation commercial Jeans model
Floor plan leafe jeans
Merchandising To make the sales of Leafe jeans as profitable and enjoyable as possible a store with a high visual affinity was imagined and introduced through a Visual Marketing Plan. Floor plan and Intersection designed in Vector Works
Illustration Shortcut of the A/W 2011 collection of Leafe jeans. Sketches with pencil Relief filter with Photoshop
Book Collection book Leafe Jeans A/W 2011 “From the wild to the wind” (Two-ring binding. A4 with A3 folding.) Layout and content by Feenja Kern and Stefanie Schellwies
Experience MYU is a brand imagined for the school project Triptiek 2011. Its concept is based on the trend of self-actualization through meditative practice. My task: Creative direction of the brand experience
Photographer : Stefanie Schellwies Model: Elfi Seidel
Photographer : Stefanie Schellwies Model: Freya Roski
Photographer : Raditya Beer Styling / Jeans: Stefanie Schellwies Models: Philip Hus, Kristina Szerbakova
Photographer : Stefanie Schellwies Accesoories: Freya Roski