Culture Trip: Where did you study and where did you gain your experience?
Maikel Tawadros: I graduated from Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design in 2012. Before that, I lived in Paris from 2007 to 2009, working for a Danish brand called Annhagen.
CT: You entitled your SS16 collection, ‘Bionic’. Is this emblematic of your design aesthetic?
MT: Bionic was all about the world of technology. I was so inspired by how technology is taking over in many aspects that I wanted to create a collection of robot-like women, while still adding some fashion to the collection by combining 90’s trends such as grunge and futurism.
CT: What is your favorite fabric to work with?
MT: I love fur, wool, and sandwashed silk, but I don’t think there is one specific fabric that I prefer over the others.
CT: Who is the typical ‘Maikel Tawadros’ woman?
MT: That’s a difficult question. I think the woman that buys my clothes and relates to my universe is a confident woman who knows her style and is not completely influenced by trends. She would have some kind of calmness with her style and identity.
CT: Do you have any fashion designers who you aspire to?
MT: I’m always drawn to Haider Ackermann, he is classic and still so unpredictable. His SS16 women’s collection was a huge shock to me, but in a good way.
CT: What is your daily form of meditation?
MT: Walking my dog, Muffin, four to six times a day. It gives me a kind of energy to walk in my local park, looking at the beautiful trees, birds, and flowers. It sounds very cliché, but I mean it.
CT: The best gallery or museum for design lovers in Denmark?
MT: National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) and Gallery Asbæk.
CT: The best restaurant in Denmark?
MT: Definitely Fiskebaren (The Fishbar) in Copenhagen Meatpacking District and Pastis. They are both my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen.