DHL Exported: In the Studio with Anne Sofie Madsen

Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen opened the doors to her Copenhagen studio, where she's busy preparing the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo.

Anne Sofie Madsen initially gained her inspiration from old couture techniques. As a fresh graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the young designer trained under John Galliano in Paris and worked as a Junior Designer at Alexander McQueen before she went on to start her own eponymous label, which debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010.

With Anne Sofie Madsen the womenswear label out of Copenhagen, she moved away from couture as she set out to create, "real garments for real women in the real world."

What those garments look like change every season, as Madsen's inspiration varies. From the Scandinavian mythological creature Sedna to the French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin, "I've been inspired by a lot of things," the designer told us during a recent visit to her studio.

We were there to chat with her as she works to get the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection ready ahead of its debut Paris Fashion Week. As part of the DHL Exported Program, Madsen will then take the collection to the runways of Tokyo in March as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She's one of four designer recipients to benefit in 2016 from the Program, a collaboration between IMG Fashion and DHL.

Check out the video above to get an inside look at the designer's inspiration and hear more about the next designs to hit the runways. And be sure to follow one of the DHL Exported social channels to stay up to date on all of the 2016 DHL Exported Program Cycle Two winners:

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