David Andersen

David Andersen, born in 1978, graduated from Glasgow School of Art and the Fashion Design Academy in 2003. Until 2014, he developed designs for ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, perfume, underwear and home wear and emerged as a fashion designer working as chief designer at Dreams by Isabell Kristensen as well as designing couture for the royal Danish family, celebrities, artists etc. under his own name. In 2007, he debuted his collection “David Andersen”.

He has received many awards and grants for his designs, e.g. a grant from the National Art Foundation. David Andersen is also known for his development of sustainable clothing with his collection, Zero Waste, and has received several awards for his work on ecology and sustainable productions. Until 2019, he worked as Vice President for Design at Rosendahl Design Group, a multi-brand house with seven brands including: Rosendahl, Holmegaard, Kay Bojesen Denmark, Bjørn Wiinblad Denmark, Lyngby Porcelain, Arne Jacobsen Clocks, and Juna. Today, David Andersen is working as Design Director at KC FUR in China. Furthermore, he is a guest lecturer at different schools and colleges.

David Andersen

Red Dot in an interview with David Andersen

Red Dot: What can people surprise you with in your role as fashion designer?
David Andersen: Most people think that being a fashion designer is glamour, red runner and lots of parties. The fashion industry is filled with glamour, but you have to create it yourself and that is hard work.

What, in your opinion, makes for good design?
Good design must be able to stand for itself and, at the same time, do something good for the person who will carry it. The design becomes interesting when there is a good story behind and through the choice of materials, shape and colour.

What, currently, stands out especially in the fashion industry?
An incredible amount is happening. In recent years, we have worked hard to create a more sustainable approach to the way we work with our clothing. In a short time, there has been tremendous development in sustainable fashion, which is incredibly interesting to be a part of, and to work every day to do better.