PEOPLEText: Yukiko Oyama

Pepper and Pistol is a womenswear label from NYC, created by Silvia Hillmann and Katrin Wiens, both born in Germany. Each season they decide on a playful theme or image rich story to base their collection and bring us to a magical world. Girls on their look book also make us imagine how attractive their world and thoughts are. We interviewed Silvia and Katrin who wish to provide their works to girls who can have fun dressing and styling, and who don’t take fashion too serious.

Pepper and Pistol
Winter 08 – Underworld

Please introduce yourself.

Silvia Hillmann’s background lies in fashion, schooled in London where she assisted Boudicca, and later worked for Edward Griffiths, who at the time was creating leather jewelry for Clements Ribeiro and Emanuel Ungaro.
Katrin Wiens has training in graphic design; she draws from her travels on an art grant in Japan, and her pattern development for clients like Heatherette, Just Cavalli, Calvin Klein and more.

How did you meet each other? Please tell us how you got started Pepper and Pistol?

We were introduced by a German stylist friend. We both are creative minds and we were in the mood of trying something ‘new’ besides the fulltime job, we were in need of a creative adventure. We initially started out rather naively, not knowing where it would take us or how serious we would quickly become.

Pepper and PistolPepper and Pistol

Winter 08 – Underworld

Why did you choose fashion world?

We both love fashion, dressing to express our own style. So it feels very natural to want to design your own clothes.

Can you walk us through the process of making clothes?

Each season we decide on a playful theme or image rich story to base our collection on. For further inspiration we research books/ literature, photo material, second hand clothes etc. Draping allows to develop garment details and new shapes straight from loose inspiration pictures, rather than finished design sketches. It’s a far more creative, “accidental” process. Elements of the textile prints are further translated into bigger scale embroideries or other embellishments. They also lead to silkscreen prints, appliques, color blocking and even entire garment shapes.

Pepper and Pistol
Spring 08 – Swarms

Could you tell us where the Pepper and Pistol’ is derived from?

The theme of our first season was a German children’s story we both had liked, its about a thieve with a pistol shooting pepper. We never finished that first collection as we needed more time, but it became the name of our label: it perfectly represents the fusion of 2 elements – our respective backgrounds in fashion and graphic design for a wicked explosion!

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