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Bernhard Willhelm


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Bernhard Willhelm (b. 1972, Ulm, Germany) studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp before launching the Bernhard Willhelm label with Jutta Kraus in 1999. Since their first presentation of women’s wear in Paris, they have brought a highly personal, idiosyncratic style to the arena of fashion, with work typified by craftsmanship, eclecticism, and irony, and seasonal collections presented in the forms of installation and tableaux vivant.

Willhelm’s career has been marked by collaboration with artists such as Björk, Olaf Breuning, and Carsten Fock, and awards including the Moët & Chandon Fashion Prize (2001) and ANDAM from the French Minister of Culture (2005). His work has been presented at the Athens Biennale; the Ursula Blickle Foundation, Stuttgart; and in retrospectives at ModeMuseum, Antwerp (2007-08); Groninger Museum, Netherlands (2009-10) and Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2015). Wilhelm was also professor and head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna between 2009 and 2014.

By Bernhard Willhelm:


January 19th, 2017

Bernhard Willhelm Plays 20 Questions with i-D

Badlands author Bernhard Willhelm did a short and sweet Q&A with i-D. Here's a sample of his always entertaining answers:

October 12th, 2016

Spike Art Quarterly Highlights Artist Ebook Series

Spike Art Quarterly features Badlands' series of artist ebooks that were released over the summer in its Autumn 2016 issue in an article by Harry Burke, calling them "...maximalist affairs, saturated in imagery," He goes on to discuss how ebooks have transcended the constrictions of print books and ... more

July 19th, 2016

diSONARE Magazine Covers Artist Ebook Guerilla Poster Campaign

Mexico City-based magazine, diSONARE, posted a piece about Badlands' artist ebook series and our subsequent guerrilla poster campaign for it, saying: "Con esta campaña, Badlands Unlimited expande el impacto de sus publicaciones, incursionando incluso en posicionamientos políticos y sociales, de cara... more

June 21st, 2016

New Artist Ebooks Politicize Daily Life Says Art in America

Art in America's Steven Zultanski recently wrote a comprehensive review of Badlands' new artist ebook series highlighting those by Georgia Sagri, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Howie Chen, and Magnus Schaefer as well as discussing our poster campaign across New York and Brooklyn. He says what unites t... more

June 13th, 2016

Bernhard Willhelm Gives W His Culture Diet

Dynasty ebook author, Bernhard Willhelm, participated in W Magazine's Q&A feature, Culture Diet, where they ask artists what they've been reading, watching, and consuming in general. He talks about what he's excited to wear this summer as well as the art, music, film and literature (Kuntalini!) ... more

June 11th, 2016

New Artist E-Books Now Available

Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the publication of a new series of artist e-books. A result of Badlands’ commitment to publishing experimental works in digital forms, each e-book utilizes the digital in its own way, pushing the limits of what a book can be. The authors come from the wo... more

June 3rd, 2016

Sleek Mag Says Bernhard Willhelm’s “Dynasty” is “Voyeuristic Fun”

Sleek Magazine recently previewed Bernhard Willhelm’s artist ebook, Dynasty, calling it “a candid portrait of daily life” that “utilises his famously humorous approach towards art,” See a selection of images from Dynasty on Sleek’s site and get the full ebook on Apple and Amazon. ... more