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Trading Style at Weltkulturen Museum

Whether a nuanced peppering or a full-on costume fest the seasonal collections are constantly reflecting cross-cultural influences. Trading Style at the Weltkulturen Museum presents over 500 historic objects, photographs and films from the museums collection together with brand new designs for clothing and accessories by four international fashion labels: Buki Akib (Nigeria), A Kind Of Guise (Germany), CasettePlaya (UK) and P.A.M (Australia). Working in residence at the museum's lab during 2012 – each team of designers investigated the ethnographic collections and created new prototype garments inspired by their selection. 

World cultures abound in the exhibition covering diverse countries from  Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Greenland, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Micronesia, Namibia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tierra del Fuego, Togo, Uganda, the United States and Venezuela. 

The exhibition forms a valuable resource for designers investigating global influences as well as a lesson in contemporary interpretation  by Western designers answering questions such as — what does fashion tell us about society and how do styles travel and mediate identity?

Images & video courtesy of Weltkulturen Museum

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06 Dec 2012