Bernhard Willhelm is a German fashion designer. Born in Ulm in 1972, he moved from his native Germany to Belgium where he studied at Antwerp's Royal Academy, graduating in May 1998. Right after his graduation, he established his label, and by March 1999 he was showing womenswear at Paris Fashion Week. By 2000 he had launched his own menswear line. In 2002, he moved his atelier from Antwerp to Paris and was named Creative Director for Capucci.
In addition to his eponymous line, Willhelm has designed the Misericordia uniform for a Peruvian school, the wardrobe for a theatrical adaptation of R.W. Fassbinder's screenplay The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant staged in Berlin, and the wardrobe for Björk's 2007 World Tour, as well as the sculptural outfit that appeared on the cover of the artist's album, Volta.
In September 2001 he received the Moet & Chandon Fashion Award. In April 2005 he won first prize and accessory prize from ANDAM (Association Nationale pour le Developpement des Arts et de la Mode) as presented by the French Minister of Culture.
His work has been exhibited in exhibitions and retrospectives at the Fashion Museum in Antwerp, the Athens Biennale, the Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal, Germany and the MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. The book Bernhard Willhelm 1999-2004 was published in 2004 by Lukas & Sternberg.