Graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague Barbara Munsel deepened into the design of patterns and fabrics. During her period at the academy she loved to draw and to create delicate atmosphere in her designs. Every fabric and material she hand picked with care and were often improved and worked or dyed by hand herself. Behold the delicate and subtle atmosphere.
After graduating she stepped away from fashion and broadened her interest in interior textiles for almost 3 years. During this period she also designed and produced costumes for modern dance companies. Following designing for dance theaters, she developed small contemporary women collections from vintage and abandoned clothing. While her main activity became teaching textile workshops and establishing a clientèle for evening and bridal wear together with a partner, for a period of 2 years.
Since 2007 she launched her own fashion label ‘Barbara Munsel’. She designs in a fragile and poetic way wearable yet contemporary garments, carrying distinctive craft elements. She uses natural materials and fabrics which some of them she hand prints with botanical inks. A technique she is exploring in her approach to sustainable design. She also incorporates antique and reclaimed fabrics in her collections as well as high-end prêt-á-porter end of roll fabrics. Therefore leaving less foot print in stead of ordering and having new fabrics manufactured. Every piece is locally made by one of her loyal pattern cutters and tailors using the zero-waste method. Thus, sustainability is a natural aspect of her working method.
In addition to the wearable line which is presented every half year, there will be a small artisanal collection based on single pieces which embodies craftsmanship from a avant-garde point of view. This collection will be presented on a yearly base. After winning the Ethical Fashion Award 2011 and at the same time presenting her collection at the Prêt-á-Porter, she presents her collection in Paris since 2011.
Barbara Munsel would like to offer her customer special and beautiful clothes to wear, in order to break the routine of todays rushed society. Just like art fashion can offer an escape through investing and experiencing a new look.