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Goethe Institut creates platform for local fashion designers

  • Published at 06:38 pm April 24th, 2019
Local International
'Local International' exhibition is the outcome of an international cultural exchange program between Bangladesh and Germany | Courtesy

The cultural program was a joint effort by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin, and Berlin University of the Arts, in cooperation with BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology

A unique fashion exhibition, titled “Local International,” is going on at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

The exhibition is the outcome of an international cultural exchange program between Bangladesh and Germany that focuses on sustainability and fair production methods within the textile industry.

The exhibition puts on display exclusive collections by both Bangladeshi and German fashion designers. The fashion show also emphasizes on sustainability and raises awareness on the wide range of options that fashion designers will face in their future careers.

The cultural program was a joint effort by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin, and Berlin University of the Arts, in cooperation with BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology.

Barkat, one of the participating designers, showcased exclusive outfits made with jute from his clothing line. Other participants of the fashion show demonstrated their ability to recycle used products.

In 2015, 48 fashion designers and fashion students from Berlin and Dhaka were selected to participate in the “Local International” project.  

The project has been supported by Goethe Institut Bangladesh from the beginning, and was led by Professor Heike Selmer and Professor Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen.

In her welcoming speech on the opening day, Kirsten Hackenbroch, director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, said that finally, the exhibition “Local International” is being presented in Dhaka.

Prof Schmidt-Thomsen of Berlin University of the Arts expressed her optimism that the overall fashion scene in both Germany and Bangladesh will be highly benefited from this project.

The exhibition will remain open to all until Sunday, every day from 12 pm to 8 pm.

The Bengal Foundation and Fashion Revolution are the exhibition partners.