Gabriele Strehle

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Gabriele Strehle , b. Hecke, (born March 11, 1951 in Memmingen ) is a German fashion designer and was the creative director of the Strenesse brand from 1975 to 2012 .


Gabriele Strehle was born as the daughter of a dairy tenant and a kindergarten teacher. One of her early favorite pastimes was sewing doll clothes. After an apprenticeship as a bespoke tailor in Memmingen , she studied at the German Master School for Fashion in Munich . In 1973 she started working for the Strehle company in Nördlingen . Just two years later she took over the creative direction there. The collection of the women's outerwear brand Strenesse , which has existed since 1969, was developed by her from 1975 to 2012. In 1985 she married the owner and managing director Gerd Strehle .

From 1995 she presented her collections at the fashion shows in Milan, since 1998 under the brand name Strenesse Gabriele Strehle . In 2001 Gabriele Strehle created a more up-to-date design for the uniforms of the Deutsche Lufthansa crew. A year later she presented her men's collection for Strenesse for the first time. In September 2005 she switched her collections to New York Fashion Week . Since the 2006 World Cup, she has been dressing the German national football team with suits outside the field. Strehle's style is seen as “more angular than flowing”, she uses patterns more discreetly and color rather to emphasize black or gray tones. She describes her fashion as “straightforward and straightforward”. The form should always have a function.

Strehle and her husband have a daughter (Clara Maria Franziska Strehle (* 1990)) and lived with him on weekends in a farmhouse on Lake Tegernsee that was converted by the Parisian architect Christian Liaigre . After separating from her husband, she announced in September 2012 that she would leave the Strenesse company at the end of 2012. In 2017 she started again with a capsule collection under her name for selected individual customers, which received wide press coverage. Today she lives in Munich - Schwabing , where she used to have a pied-à-terre .

She named the economist and ecological pioneer Ernst Friedrich Schumacher as an economic role model .




  • Gabriele Strehle. Never golden buttons. Documentation, Germany, 2007, 44 min., Directors: Armin Toerkell, Mica Stobwasser, production: BR , summary by arte

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  8. ^ Farewell to the catwalk In: from September 14, 2012.
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