Wolfgang Joop was born on 18 November 1944 in Potsdam. He began his career as a fashion artist, author and freelance designer, attaining his international breakthrough in 1978 with a furs collection. In 1981, he founded his own label, JOOP!, later launching WUNDERKIND in 2003. In addition to his work as a fashion designer, Wolfgang Joop has also found acclaim as an artist and art collector.
THE ONLY POSSIBLE TIME
Wolfgang Joop spent the first eight years of his life at his grandparents’ farm in Bornstedt near Potsdam. Their sizable garden was a stone’s throw from Sanssouci Park; in his imagination, both were his personal fiefdom. This book tells of family celebrations that spun out of control, of his mother who was hungry for life, of his first love for the daughter of a clergyman in Potsdam, of the leaden days after the family moved to Braunschweig that seemed to Wolfgang like being expelled from paradise. Joop recounts his loneliness at boarding school, how he made his first money drawing pin-up girls, tells of his time at the local art school in Braunschweig and the beginnings of his career as a designer at a time when the term “fashion designer” was not widely known in Germany.
This is a deeply personal autobiography, at times veering towards the intimate. It answers questions such as, what were the biggest influences in Joop’s life? Why is a sense of home and belonging so important to him? What made him the person he is today? Yet this book is also a study of a fascinating era in history, offering a rich portrait of Germany in the fifties and sixties.