project phase I Berlin Oct 2015 Professional development training and International design project and exchange for fashion students from Germany and Bangladesh focussing on sustainable design in the fashion and textile industry
The second local international project started in October 2015, this time with fashion design students from Dhaka and Berlin. It was the first collaboration between Fashion Design Universities from Dhaka (BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology / BUFT) and Berlin (weißensee kunsthochschule berlin and Universität der Künste Berlin), supported by Goethe Institut Bangladesh, aiming to establish a network for international fashion design projects for students of fashion design in Berlin and Dhaka. After an official call for applications and individual interviews, 8 fashion design students from Dhaka and 14 students from Berlin were selected as participants. In October 2015, the 8 participants from Dhaka visited their Berlin colleagues for the kick-off workshops in Berlin and 10 days packed with meetings, talks from key figures in the area of sustainable fashion and visits to shops, young Berlin designers, and sustainable fashion brands. In November 2014, participants from Germany travelled to Dhaka for the second half of the local international workshops. In addition to classes about sustainable fashion design, the group visited NGOs who promote fair working conditions and who are specialised in crafts and artisanal textile production, such as the art of indigo dyeing. The participants also met big players in the textile industry, textile producers for well known European fashion brands, in order to research their approaches to fair social working conditions, sustainable production methods and ecology. The exhibition local internationalII in the kunsthalle am hamburger platz, in April 2016 inthe exhibition space of weißensee kunsthochschule berlin,presented the results of the project.