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Columbia College Chicago
Dieter Kirkwood

Dieter Kirkwood

Dieter Kirkwood


Assistant Professor

Email: dkirkwood@colum.edu 

Dieter Kirkwood is a contemporary fashion designer who received his B.F.A. in fashion design from Columbia College Chicago in 2004. His work concentrates on distilling design through line and proportion to its most pure form. After graduation he founded the Dieter Kirkwood Collection, 2004-2006, which was chosen by Macy’s as part of the very first Chicago Fashion Focus and sold through their flagship State Street store. In 2005 he co-founded the luxury women’s wear label dIETERbENNET, which sold through many local and regional boutiques as well as showing during NY Fashion Week. Mr. Kirkwood has been through every phase of a designer collection start up.

Currently he is exploring how people connect, emotionally and visually, to what they wear and how technology intersects with craft.