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Lydia Sonderegger is a costume designer based in Basel (CH). She studied pattern making at Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing in Florence and Costume Design (MA) at the University of Arts in Berlin. Her areas of interest revolve around the emergence of today's human appearances and the interaction of a zeitgeist with its associated dressed body. In her analysis of body concepts since the beginning of modernity, the opposing poles of individuality and uniformity as well as the construction of gender are essential components. Other topics include the transformability of the body or its positioning between two poles.


Lydia Sonderegger primarily explores these topics in the conception and creation of costumes and sets in contemporary dance and performance, which includes stage formats as well as installations and videos.

She has worked as a costume designer in cooperation with, amongst others: Lea Whitcher, Jeremy Wade, Kat Válastur, 

Virgilio Sieni, Simone Mousset, Moschini Popall, Lea Moro and Laurent Chétouane.

As assistant to: Anna Viebrock at the Grand Théatre de Genève in les Huguenots by Jossi Wieder and Sergio Morabito,

Montserrat Casanova at Staatsoper Berlin for les pêcheurs de perles by Wim Wenders, Florence von Gerkan at Zürcher Staatsoper for die Entführung aus dem Serail by Adrian Marthaler.


In addition to costume-making, Lydia Sonderegger is also active in a journalistic context, and in teaching. She is an active member at the Institut für Textiles Forschen in Basel which offers her further opportunities to deepen her work.

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