Explore the in-house exhibition "einBlick" showing collections created by fashion design students of Lette Verein
einBlick / Insight
In 2016, Lette Verein celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Prussian legislator Wilhelm Adolf Lette established an “organization to promote professional careers for women” on February 27th, 1866. The new school building, at Viktoria-Luise-Platz, by the famous German architect Alfred Messel was opened on October 18th, 1902. The organization became a public foundation in 1943.
From its beginnings until today, Lette Verein has responded to the demands of a constantly changing society and working conditions by implementing innovative and practice-orientated education programmes. Today, Lette Verein includes five independent educational institutions. Courses are currently offered for ten diplomas in different diploma and vocational educations, among which are Photo Design, Graphics Design and Fashion Design.
Mentored by their lecturer Jutta Mettenbrink, the students set up the exhibition. Most of the objects and materials are from Lette Verein. Others were discovered in the storage rooms and re-designed for exhibition purposes. Guess where the black metal frames originally came from? They are discarded classroom tables.
The final exhibition „einBlick“ as it was presented to the public, showed seven different collections, each of which was created by small groups of second year design students.
Fashion students of the first and second school year at Lette Verein are sought to team up with the aim of creating a common design concept and collection. Thus students are not only enabled to produce a variety of ideas by sharing knowledge and expertise, but also to understand the positive aspects of working together in order to get the best results.
Exhibits of the collection „Beyond Wonderland“
The design students Kristina Benter, Jeannine Aschekowsky and Valeriia Bereka were inspired by the novel „Alice in Wonderland“ written by Lewis Carroll.
Traditional looks of the characters were reconsidered and reinterpreted in a modern, wearable way. The garments aim at an outgoing clientele and are intended to be worn on special occasions like dinner parties, gala nights and special events.
Fashion designer Kristina Benter and model Matthias Bauer who presents her interpretation of the „Mad Hatter“
Have a closer look at the cotton shirt: an interesting trompe l’oeil effect of an integrated necktie! The opulent draping of the velveteen pants emphasizes the romantic inspiration of the design. At the same time, hidden pockets in the pants are very handy.
Jeannine Aschekowsky: the Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland
Fashion designer Jeannine Aschekowsky standing next to her interpretation of the Queen of Hearts (right) and Valeriia Bereka’s design based on the Alice character (left).
Jeannine’s outfit is made of a short, folded velveteen skirt and a high-necked cotton top with an interesting detail: the sleeves are lamp-shaped which creates an almost childlike, romantic look.
Valeriia chose a Rokoko-inspired silhouette for her velveteen skirt and a sleeveless top with a big bow to give it a girlie look.
"Pas Touche" ("Hands Off")
"Pas Touche", a provoking, yet fun interpretation of modern-day womenswear designed by Lucy Cabrera-Pedroso and Jonna Carstensen. A collection for self-confident, independent women who know how to dress well with a touch of inconsistency and humour.
The basic idea refers to female emancipation and autonomy reflected by red cotton hand applications on the outfits, which stand for external restrictions and pressure that women these days still have to endure. However, the hand applications give the collection a humorous twist.
The nonchalant collection consists of A-shaped Kimono-style jackets, coats, pants and dresses made of eggshell coloured cotton twill and light rose coloured viscose crepe.
Contrasts of fabrics, textures, patterns and design details appeal to an self-confident audience, dressed differently yet individual and comfortable.
All garments can be combined in many ways, so the basic idea of the design team – to create a variety of pieces of clothing – meets an important skill of a fashion designer: to offer his/her customers different combinations.
Vintage meets Zeitgeist…that is the basic idea of the collection „Mannigfaltig“ (a German wordplay, meaning „various“, „manifold“ or in this case „many pleats“). The title refers to the arranged areas of pleats on the pieces of clothing, but also to modern-day women wearing casual and unconventional clothes.
Following an advice of their lecturer Annette Hofmann, the fashion design students Sophie Kosse, Samanta Lochmann, Isabelle Lübcke, Lena Lück and Sophia Schünemann used high-quality embroidered fabrics from the 1930s. They had been stored for decades in an Ex-GDR costume stock in Adlershof, a district of East Berlin and location of the former GDR TV networking station and studios.
The basic idea was to combine these floral vintage fabrics with contemporary plain blue cotton and to develop modern oversized silhouettes and cuts with interesting pleated structures.
The collection „Mannigfaltig“ as it was showcased in the mid year presentation of the fashion design education.
No need for professional models, though. Students of Lette Verein support each other during their exams by acting as amateur models for their classmates: here you see fashion design students (from left to right) Aurelia, Lisa, Marilena, Linda and Rachel.
Enjoy the seven different collections of the "einBlick" exhibition, presented by fashion design students and models Alicia Ephans, Felina Warns and Frederik Britzlmair.
Lena Carolin Adam
Lucia Sofie Cabrera Pedroso
Samantha Lochmann Pastor