Fashion Open Studio: Exhibition

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The Fashion Open Studio x MBFW exhibition is on display for two days – Tuesday September 7th and Wednesday September 8th – on the second floor of Kraftwerk Berlin. Surrounded by light and silky white and beige-colored curtains, clothing, shoe, handbag and lingerie designs by 15 local and international designers have been staged.

“Our cohort of designers, each spearheading change in their own way, have so much to say and so much to show. Fashion Open Studio believes that to challenge the system, we need to champion the radicals,” says Orsola de Castro, Global Creative Director at Fashion Open Studio and Founder of Fashion Revolution.

In this setting, the Indian upcycling label GRANDMA WOULD APPROVE is presenting its designs in Europe for the first time. Upcycling is the approach also taken by Swiss label RAFAEL KOUTO, which uses both post- and pre-consumer waste for its collections, and #DAMUR, which upcycles secondhand pieces and turns them into new garments. Other participants are SOUP ARCHIVE with its deconstructive designs made of found objects, Berlin/Córdoba-based sustainable brand THERAPY, the unisex brand FADE OUT LABEL and ANEKDOT, which produces lingerie, swimwear and loungewear from leftover materials. NEW BLUE, a brand specializing in producing denim using a zero-waste production method is also featured. Further, Munich-based label BARABARA and UK brand PHOEBE ENGLISH focus on responsible production as well, as does BUKI AKOMOLAFE, which produces only one collection per year. EMEKA turns textile waste sent from the Global North to the African continent into colorful, carefully tailored suits. ANCIELA draws inspiration from her Colombian heritage, pairing folkloristic influences with British tailoring. CHURCH OF THE HAND and TOP MANTA express social responsibility through fashion: Whereas the former wants to challenge consumer behavior, the latter focuses on empowering migrant street vendors in Barcelona by telling their true stories.

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