Nicole Maria Winkler
Nicole Maria Winkler was born in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria, in 1987. Since 2010, the year she graduated from London College of Fashion, Winkler has worked as a freelance photographer based in London and Vienna. After only two years in the industry, Winkler’s editorial and commercial clients have included, amongst others, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, TANK, Dazed&Confused, Dossier Journal, i-D online, Metal, ELLE GIRL (Korea) and HUSK.
‘Having two homes enables you to experience the best of both worlds. I feel Vienna has a considered, sustainable approach to fashion whereas London is fast-paced and constantly re-inventing itself. I enjoy going back and forth between the two, viewing the other from a distance.’
Winkler pursues projects which allow space for the models’ personalities to come forth. This desire for spontaneity arguably lends her work an air of freshness that resonates beautifully with the ever-evolving nature of fashion.
Another Austria presents Winkler’s editorial work featuring the designers AND_I, Claudia Rosa Lukas, Dimitrije Gojkovic, Lisa Pek, Marios Schwab, Michel Mayer and Vivienne Westwood. The concept of the story was inspired in main by the minimalist movement of the late nineties, and involved working with a limited colour palette of black, white and red, to emphasize the detailing, shapes and designs of the garments. For Winkler the casting process is an integral part of creating a story. She explains that, in the current editorial story, the garments possess such strength in their simplicity that it is essential for the model to be able to convey emotion and mood through body language and movement alone.