Helga Schania, Hermann Fankhauser © Gregor Titze
The Wendy&Jim label consists of the two Vienna-based designers Helga Schania and Hermann Fankhauser. Both studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna under Helmut Lang. Their joint approach to fashion - radical changes instead of alterations of surface details - led to the founding of Wendy&Jim in 1997. They describe their style as dry and slow. Each garment, each collection piece is part of an overall theme, which in itself answers solely to an aesthetic concept. They prefer to work with installations and performances as a means of rendering their vision visible. They present their collection during Prêt-à-porter in Paris. Their designs have been featured in some of the most renowned fashion magazines such as i-D, Purple, Self Service or *Surface and are available in shops from Hong Kong to Stockholm. Hermann Fankhauser has been assistant to Veronique Branquinho at the Fashion Department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2005.