exhibition in Berlin, designtransfer gallery July 2015
Following the research stage and excursions, the twelve participants developed new creative design approaches to sustainability, participation, and fair trade. The project results were exhibited at designtransfer gallery during Berlin Fashion Week in July 2015. The exhibition local international I presented the results of the fashion-design exchange project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, the Berlin Weißensee School of Art + Design and the Berlin University of the Arts.
In Autumn 2014, local international started as professional development training for fashion design graduates from Dhaka and Berlin. Under the direction of Prof. Heike Selmer (Berlin Weißensee School of Art + Design) and Prof. Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen (Berlin University of the Arts) six fashion designers, MA alumni of the Berlin University of the Arts and the Berlin Weißensee School of Art + Design, travelled to Bangladesh for a research trip in November 2014 at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. The following January they were visited in Berlin by six fashion designers from Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, the twelve participants of the project visited textile factories, designers, NGOs and companies that promote revived traditional craftsmanship and sustainability-oriented production methods. In Berlin they went to fashion trade fairs and visited the Berlin Fashion Week. In January 2015 the class visited a variety of fashion institutions and companies, local sustainable fashion designers, the fashion trade fairs Premium and Green Showroom, and selected fashion shows at Berlin Fashion Week.
In teams of two the twelve designers developed new creative approaches to improving sustainability, participation, and fair trade within the fashion and textile industry. The results were exhibited at designtransfer during Berlin Fashion Week in July 2015.
In their future professional lives, fashion students in Bangladesh will produce for markets in the USA, Asia and Europe, but during their studies and occupational lives they are offered only very limited information on the latest international fashion affairs. Conversely, Berlin fashion designers know Bangladesh, one of the world‘s most important fashion manufacturing countries, only by hearsay.
The project local international gives fashion designers from Berlin the opportunity to get to know one of the most important fashion manufacturing countries in the world, and to establish contacts and networks with professional colleagues and suppliers from Bangladesh. The participants from Dhaka on the other hand gather information about European fashion trends, get to know German fashion designers and markets, visit important fashion events, and establish contacts and networks with colleagues from Germany. Local and sustainable production methods and cooperative work at eye level are at the forefront of the project.
Designers in the exhibition: Stefan Webelhorst, Moa Hallgren, Elke Fiebig, Iftekar Rahman, Md Shamsad Hasnine, Afsana Ferdousi Wormey, Nawshin Khair Hema, Raphael Guillou, Maria Elektra Bertram, Natascha v. Hirschhausen