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Combinat: A Space Between Fashion and Art


Combinat: A Space Between Fashion and Art

Q21 Backstage: For the 11th time the Vienna Fashion Week takes place in the MuseumsQuartier in September. On this occasion we talked to Maria Oberfrank, one of the three organizers and creative head behind Combinat.

Interview with Maria Oberfrank, Combinat

Who/What are you?

A fashion allrounder.

What are your fields of activity?

I’m a fashion designer, the creative mind behind Combinat since 2005, and the co-founder of the MQ VIENNA FASHION WEEK since 2009.

How do you reach your goals?

With a lot of discipline, but also stubbornness, combined with a pinch of carefreeness.

What challenges do you face?

I always have to pool my strengths and concentrate.

What is important to you?

Teamwork and people with visions who also believe in them.

How big is your team?

It always depends on the project. Sometimes it’s only two members, sometimes around one hundred.

Since when have you been at Q21?

Since spring 2005, when I was able to move Combinat into the venerable former tack room. To me, it is the most beautiful room of the MQ.

A perfect work day starts with…

…an inspection round in the garden.

© Karin Cech Proksch Fotografie

AW18© ÃO, Foto: Alexandre Furcolin & Marcelo Mudou

Events & recommendations in September

MQ V F W.19 presented by ŠKODA

Date: Mon, September 9 to Sunday, September 15
Programme &

MQ Fashion Night

Date: Wed, September 11
Guided Tour: 20:00 @ Kunsthalle Wien
Fashion Shows: 22:00 @ Fashion tent

Exclusive Guided Tour at Kunsthalle Wien and fashion shows by ÃO (Artist-in-Residence of Q21 / MQ, Brazil), PITOUR (AUT) and KUBIDEZSE (AUT).

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