Oscar German first discovered modelling when he became engaged with the thought-provoking design work of Vivienne Westwood. “I found that both models and clothing could be used to impactfully portray political messages well beyond the runway they are shown on.” German first entered the industry through Instagram, gaining attention for his self-styled ensembles. However, it was through his agency that he was first able to really make a mark on New Zealand fashion. “When I signed with Aart Model Management was when I really got my foot in the door.”
"Both models and clothing could be used to impactfully portray political messages well beyond the runway they are shown on."
The model walked in the Emerging Designer show for iD Fashion Week and expressed to Apparel Magazine his enjoyment of the event. “iD is nice in the sense that those showing collections are not caught up in what the latest trend is or what is necessarily commercially viable," he explained. "The designers have a love of what they do and no real restraints, it leads to some of the purest forms of expressive design.”
For German, being able to experience this opinionated and thought-provoking area of the fashion industry is what is most appealing to him about the industry. “Being close to the designers and being able to more intimately understand their thoughts and construction process, through conversations and actually wearing their garments, is what I enjoy most about a career in modelling.”