Visit Berlin Bauhaus Archiv for a highly fashionable exhibition and enjoy award-winning couture by students of the Lette Verein masterclass.
Here Sascha Johrden is hand-sewing on his design of a couture dress to be presented at the "L.O.B. Sophisticated Fashion Award" 2016 during the Leipzig opera ball.
Sascha is a 2015 graduate of the fashion design education at Lette Verein Berlin. He was one of eight top graduates selected for the Lette masterclass, an extra course initiated and led by Lette Verein lecturer Jochen Pahnke and endowed by the Berlin Senate Department for Labor, Integration and Women.
On top of their three-year education, these future "masters" have the chance to further sharpen their creative and manufacturing profile aiming at competing in international fashion awards and exhibitions.
Perfection in every Detail
The dress is made of light sea-green satin silk with an integrated corsage and a draped skirt with a long train.
The corsage has an interesting structure: Sascha added flexible rattan rods to pre-manufactured "tunnels", a very common and sophisticated manufacturing process used for traditional Bavarian costumes.
An intimate scene showing the back of the bodice with the traditional fastening by cord.
Although the bodice was made to measure and seems to be very tight and stiff, by wearing the dress the rattan rods react on body temperature and become softer. Even the skirt can be lifted for dancing thanks to a loop on the tip of the train.
Mariya's design focusses on classical tailoring with an edgy twist. She combined chocolate brown woolen pants in mid-length with an eccentric X-line tailleur.
Due to the exceptional material for the jacket, a synthetic fabric usually made for tents and tarps, the sharp seaming and couture-like organic collar is reminiscent to the typical look of the Eighties represented by famous French designer Thierry Mugler.
Austerity meets comfort, an eclectic mixture of layers, shapes and fabrics.
This is Dan Winkler's approach to fashion design: traditional style codes need to be broken by trying out yet unseen combinations of clothes wrapped around the human body and layers organically floating into each other. An exceptional signature of taste with style!
Zulu Street Couture by Dustin LeMarque
The story behind Dustin's designs is closely linked to his family. His mother is from South Africa, his German father a passionate hunter. Therefore, Dustin's inspiration tags were Africa, Zulu culture, hunting and workwear.
In his urban street wear collection, with many pieces in unisex style, he combined leather bomber jackets, polka dot skirts, coats and pants in a very contemporary and yet unseen way.
The designs are distinctly marked by Dustin's typical humorous yet ingenious approach of applying large graphical fabric appliqués like dots, symbols and stripes, a reminiscence to African Zulu war painting.
The Design of the Fabric
It is the world famous Procession of Princes (German: Fürstenzug) in the German city of Dresden, a larger-than-life sized image of about 23.000 tiles made of the popular Meissen porcelain.
With its 102 metres of length, it is the world's largest china artwork showing all the margraves, dukes, electors and kings of the dynasty of Wettin who reigned the German region of Saxonia from 1127 to 1873.
The "Fürstenzug" fabric cut into pattern pieces for the bodice
The design and pattern making was a very special challenge for Sascha: the idea was to arrange the pieces according to the special fabric pattern so that the images of the procession become vividly clear on the dress.
Therefore, Sascha developed in 3D: he decided about the allocation of seaming and images by trying out and draping the fabric on the dress form.
Many of the photos and this video were made by Dennis Zorn, a graduate of the photo design education at Lette Verein Berlin, which makes for a wonderful creative synergy of photo and fashion designers who met there.
Now, take your time and immerse into the serene atmosphere of the masterclass designs at Bauhaus Archiv Berlin.....
Sakyi Kwaku Mannah
Bauhaus-Archiv/ Museum für Gestaltung