Gina Jostes

Born in Germany and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, Gina grew up between two cultures that taught her to look at the world from multiple perspectives. Helping her mother create Halloween costumes as a child first sparked Gina’s interest in telling stories through clothing. Once old enough, Gina began designing her own costumes, got involved in local art studios, and interned at JNS Performance Wear.

Over the past two summers, Gina gained international experience and strengthened her ties to her familial culture by working as an intern at Ellen Eisemann in Berlin and at Escada in Munich. After graduation, she hopes to continue to bring stories alive by pursuing a career in costume design.


Combining her passion for costumes and evening wear, Gina chose to create Fabelhaft, a line inspired by the original, darker European versions of popular fairytales. The collection includes stories by the Brothers Grimm and H.C. Anderson, including: Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling, and Sleeping Beauty. Each look seeks to embody a fairytale through luxurious details, rich colors, and lines that create dramatic and elegantly fitting silhouettes.