Fashion is more than just clothing. It reflects its time and society, it tells of taboos and departure, it can become a symbol of change and innovation. Especially in Berlin, fashion had always been an important topic, and so today Berlin street style is once again copied internationally. Trade fairs and runways show the latest trends in the capital, large exhibitions demonstrate the importance of fashion in art and in everyday life.
And of course you can find the hottest trends in Berlin’s shops. We have compiled the most important tips for all style-conscious, fashioniastas and fashion enthusiasts.
Tip 1: March Fashion Week
The Fashion Week is currently underway in Berlin, where the focus is on sustainability, innovation and the influence of subcultures. The creative ideas from Berlin are also presented digitally, so that they are noticed far beyond the city limits. In addition to the fashion shows, there will also be pop-up stores, networking events and fashion installations.
By the way: The Premium fair will return to Berlin with its shows in July.
When: until 20 March
Where: various locations
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Tip 2: Modebilder–Kunstkleider
How does fashion reflect social circumstances and personal taste? This question is explored in the exhibition Modebilder–Kunstkleider at the Berlinische Galerie, which shows photography, painting and fashion from 1900 to the present day. Fashion photographs paintings and drawings from the 20th century show the development of clothing in art. And of course you can marvel at dresses from the various epochs: from the reform dress around 1900 that finally replaced the corset to avant-garde designs in contemporary art.
When: until 30 May
Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Kreuzberg
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Tip 3: How to Dior I Christian Dior and his successors
Christian Dior‘s influence on fashion can hardly be overestimated. With his New Look, he created a new elegant silhouette after the Second World War. In the exhibition, you can marvel at Dior’s pioneering costumes and dresses and see the latest additions of Dior models. In addition to his early models, the exhibition shows for the first time designs by his successors Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré and John Galliano. In addition, there are works from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
When: until 26 June
Where: Kulturforum – Museum of Decorative Arts, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarten
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Tip 4: Helmut Newton. Legacy
The major retrospective “Helmut Newton. Legacy” at the Museum of Photography shows Newton’s work and legacy. Among the 300 works are also his fashion photographs, for example of the sensational dresses of André Courrèges. Newton’s visions of fashion and his stagings of women’s bodies break taboos; they are still dazzling and disturbing today.
When: until 15 May
Where: Museum of Photography, Jebensstraße 2, Charlottenburg
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Tip 5: Fashion from Berlin
In recent years, fashion from Berlin has repeatedly set creative impulses and caused a stir far beyond the city’s borders. You can see which ideas inspire today’s Berlin fashion and which trends it sets in the boutiques in Mitte, Neukölln or Charlottenburg. We have compiled an overview of cool shops for you.
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Tip 6: PLATTE.Berlin
The newest place for fashion and the fashion scene from Berlin is PLATTE.Berlin, where you can not only shop but also visit exhibitions, workshops and other events. The offer is as creative as Berlin itself, shaped by the city’s subcultures – always innovative and trend-setting for the entire fashion industry.
Where: Memhardstraße 8, Mitte
When: Shop Monday – Thursday 12 – 7 p.m., Friday – Saturday 12 – 8 p.m.
Tip 7: Vintage shops
If you’re into stylish clothes with matching accessories, then you should take a look around Berlin’s vintage shops. Here you’ll find high-quality designer fashion from the last decades, well preserved and of great quality, which is sure to give you pleasure for a long time. And of course, it’s always worth strolling through Berlin’s flea markets.
11 stylish Vintage shops in Berlin
Tip 8: Hausvogteiplatz
Berlin wrote fashion history in the 1920s and early 1930s. Hausvogteiplatz in Mitte was the centre of Berlin’s ready-to-wear industry, where numerous companies and shops had set up shop. Under National Socialism, the mostly Jewish owners were expropriated and expelled or murdered. A sculpture on the square commemorates their fate. Learn more about the history of Hausvogteiplatz in our app About Berlin.
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Tip 9: Fashion museum Meyenburg
The Fashion Museum is not in Berlin, but in Meyenburg in Brandenburg, where you can indulge in the fashion of times gone by. Dresses, shoes, bags and hats from the 1900s to the 1970s tell of historical and social developments and show how much body images and ideals of beauty have changed over time.
Where: Fashion Museum Schloss Meyenburg , Schloss 1, Meyenburg
When: Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm,
Last admission 4.15 p.m.
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Tip 10: Strolling about Kurfürstendamm
French elegance and Italian chic: the boutiques of the really big high-end brands can be found on Kurfürstendamm. Window shop and marvel at the artistry of the international fashion scene and the very latest creations. And of course, a stroll through the legendary KaDeWe department store on Wittenbergplatz is a must. This is where the hearts of all fashionistas and fashion fans beat faster …
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Tip 11: Sustainable fashion
Fairly produced and traded clothes are good for the environment and your conscience – and you look good in them too. More and more brands are focusing on ecological production and sustainable materials, but also on chic cuts and beautiful patterns.
We have compiled an overview of certified shops for sustainable fashion.
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