Fashion Open Studio: Designer Showcase - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin January 2021
designs by #DAMUR shown during the FOS showcase in January 2021 (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MBFW)

Fashion Open Studio & MBFW are joining forces for the 2nd time

Announcement

Fashion Revolution’s showcase initiative Fashion Open Studio, which was launched in 2017, will take place as a fundamental element of MBFW for the second time. The initiative highlights designers who are actively working to find solutions to key challenges – from tackling studio waste to responsible production and sourcing to finding ways to integrate their businesses with social enterprise initiatives to help create more mindful, purposeful industry standards.

This season, four designers will open their studios and give insights into their working process. There will also be three panel talks, all of which will be livestreamed and allow the audience to join in via a live chat function. In addition, the final panel talk on Wednesday evening will also take place on site at Kraftwerk – interested guests can register here. The program will also include a two-day exhibition and a showcase, each of which presents the work of local and international designers.

Exhibition

The exhibition is a two-day physical installation of 15 local and international designers that will be shown at Kraftwerk Berlin on Tuesday September 7th and Wednesday September 8th. The following brands will show their collections and innovative ideas to approaching fabrics and sustainability: Anciela, Anekdot, Barabara, Buki Akomolafe, Church of the Hand, #Damur, Emeka, Fade Out Label, Grandma Would Approve, New Blue, Phoebe English, Rafael Kouto, Soup Archive, Therapy, Top Manta.

The exhibition will also be available as a video tour.

Opening: Tuesday, September 7th at 11am.

Showcase

The fully digital showcase will combine a video presentation that gives some exclusive behind-the-scenes impressions and a fashion show that includes the following 14 designers: Anciela, Anekdot, Barabara, Buki Akomolafe, Church of the Hand, #Damur, Emeka, Fade Out Label, Grandma Would Approve, New Blue, Rafael Kouto, Soup Archive, Therapy, Top Manta.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 8th at 11am.

Studio Visits

Alongside two Berlin-based brands, Fade Out Label and New Blue, the Bangalore-based brand Grandma Would Approve and the Berlin/Córdoba, Argentina-based label Therapy will open the doors to their studios and show how they create textiles with a purpose, ensuring fair working conditions and a sustainable approach to garment making that focuses on circularity.

Panel Talks

Three panel talks will cover topics such as human rights, environmental rights, strong work relationships and inspiring role models as well as technology. Speakers and hosts include participating designers as well as Orsola de Castro, co-founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution, Carry Somers, co-founder and global operation director of Fashion Revolution, and Fashion Open Studio curator Tamsin Blanchard.

Panel Talk No.1:
“Rights: Human Rights and Rights of Nature” (livestream)
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 7th at 7pm.

Panel Talk No.2:
“Relationships: Catalysts and People Who Inspire Change” (livestream)
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 8th at 2pm.

Panel Talk No.3:
“Revolution: Will Technology Save Us?” (livestream & on site)
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 8th at 6pm.

This talk is limited to 50 seats. Please RSVP here.

Sessions

As part of MBFW, two Berlin-based brands have also planned special events.

#DAMUR will organize a Sunday brunch which will include a creative discussion, an art installation and a campaign photo shoot. Registration for this live event is essential.

Date & Time: Sunday, September 5th between 12pm and 2pm.
Mariannenpl. 2, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Please register here.

Zero-waste lingerie, swimwear and loungewear brand Anekdot will open their studio for drinks and an interactive upcycling session. Registration for this live event is essential.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 8th between 3pm and 6pm.
Velt studio backyard 3, TRH 4, floor, Urbanstraße 71, 10967 Berlin, Germany
Please register here.

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