Voilá! ZIP MAGAZINE is going live in a brand new outfit: just a bit of couture I custom-made detail by detail, after many hours of work. The spirit of Viennese Art Nouveau, along with a touch of raw New York & bohemian Los Angeles moves threadlike through vivid imagery, interviews, and stories about art and fashion.
In matters art and fashion, New York, L.A and Vienna are interwoven like a classy cashmere sweater with an edgy touch. The intellectual revolution at the end of the 19th century that raised Vienna to world-city status encompassed poets, writers, painters and composers. A new high standard—“café literature”—was born of the intellectual exchanges and artistic encounters at the city’s coffee houses. The new movements springing from “me, society and the world” and made manifest in the visual and performing arts, also swept over the Atlantic to New York and are still in place today. As Sigmund Freud said, “Civilized man has traded a bit of his happiness for a bit of security.”
As a real Vienna girl—that’s what they call you when you were born there—beauty and aesthetics were fascinating to me even as a child. I experienced them on my way to school: an enchanting world of richly decorated house fronts, fashion boutiques with the most beautiful dresses, shoes and hats in the window, and coffee houses with antique interiors and all the fine ladies, elegantly dressed, sipping from their coffee cups. I loved peeking through the window to watch them. I knew that I never wanted to be like these women, but I was fascinated nonetheless by the story that their clothes told about their lives. There was so much to discover, like in an I Spy book.
ZIP MAGAZINE isn’t just about stories, though. It also has a mission.
There are a lot of fresh, talented young people out there who deserve to be seen. Our first project, the theme of which is “ZIP & Culture,” produced by students at the Parsons School of Design under the direction of art director Marcos Chavez, is an exciting trip through youth culture, street art and handcrafts. At different points over the year we’ll present projects by these students and report on them via film, feature stories and interviews.
So join us on a trip through creative space. Let yourself be surprised, seduced and delighted, pleasured and inspired!
Creative freedom for all of us.
ZIP Magazine is an independent online magazine blog that makes the global interface between culture and creativity fashionable.
ZIP Magazine is about Interviews, Art, Fashion, Film and Culture. We are tapping into the exciting dynamic of these very diverse scenes through interviews, trend-surfing and intimate looks behind-the-scenes, a dynamic in which the past drives both the present and the future—and in which timelessness is paramount.
We bring a personal touch to the craft - The history of fashion, to film, culture and contemporary art, and we make these worlds eminently approachable by interviews with real people telling their own stories, by giving creative people the space to talk about what makes them tick.
Founder, Katja Schmolka was born and raised in Vienna. She has been working in the field of art & fashion about two decades for several international magazines and clients such as Swarovski( fashion consultant), Anna magazine (Milan, fashion editor), Maxima (Vienna, fashion director). Living in NYC gave her access to face-to-face interviews with highly acclaimed talents who work in the Film, Fashion and Art scene like Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Mario Testino, Edward Mapplethorpe, Renzo Rosso, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and many more. It was then that she moved from behind the camera, in front of the camera to conduct her interiews on film. Intrigued by the psychological side of her interviewee's stories, she decided to embark on her acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. A couple years ago she moved from NYC to Malibu.