The eight upcoming designers of the FASHION X CRAFT education program in partnership with the Swarovski Foundation and The Prince's Foundation showcase their looks for the first time at Berliner Salon during Berlin Fashion Week.
The designers show their exclusive looks inspired by their educational stay in Highgrove. Tartan from the traditional Scottish weaving mill The House of Edgar was incorporated into their designs.
At the opening of Berliner Salon in its new location Kulturforum, the young designers of the FASHION X CRAFT education programme from Fashion Council Germany in partnership with the Swarovski Foundation and The Prince's Foundation presented the result of their educational journey in a group exhibition.
In total, the young designers showcased eight physical and one animated look, which were exhibited at Berliner Salon. All group exhibitions of Berliner Salon at Kulturforum have been curated by Christiane Arp, Chairwomen of the Fashion Council Germany.
The nine looks created from the FASHION X CRAFT programme are by Alexis Mersmann, Jana Heinemann, Julia Ballardt & Nico Verhaegen, Mirjam von Mengerhausen, Philip Kofi Wagner, Svea Beckedorf and Taskin Goec.
For their looks, they were provided with traditional tartan in three different patterns from The House of Edgar tartan weaving mill, each of which they have worked on and incorporated into their individual designs. The House of Edgar is a Scotland-based producer for finest quality highland wear and is a long-time partner of The Prince's Foundation, who are based in Scotland as well.
Christiane Arp, Chairwomen of Fashion Council Germany says:
"Today we presented the first finalists of the FASHION X CRAFT project, which was created in partnership with the Swarovski Foundation and The Prince's Foundation, at the Kulturforum as part of the Berlin Salon. Projects like these give us the opportunity to get to know young creatives and enter into dialogue with them. At the same time, education programmes like FASHION X CRAFT help to establish a new generation of young designers and contribute to fashion being perceived more and more as part of our culture."
The group exhibition at Berliner Salone also serves as the final presentation of the first year of the FASHION X CRAFT programme. Over the last couple of months, the young designers have participated in various workshops and webinars in Berlin as well as in England.
In Highgrove, Gloucestershire, they participated in intensive workshops at the new educational facility of The Prince's Foundation, part of the estate of HRH The Prince of Wales. Amongst others, they were trained in basketry, decorative plasterwork and traditional craftmanship and woodcarving during the three weeks. This provided them with a better understanding of traditional craftsmanship and allowed them to further develop their creativity, which they can transfer into their designs in the future.