ESMOD Berlin exhibition
|The fashion University ESMOD Berlin in
partnership with the German tanneries
and textile suppliers participating in
CUIR A PARIS show, present the exhibition
“The Sculpted Body” - the result of a
unique collaboration project building
bridges between industry and educational
|Above: teacher and student from Esmod Berlin at the latest show.
||Below: the Esmod Berlin exhibition last 12-14 February.|
Interview with Sylvia Kadolski and Klaus Metz, Chairman and Administrative Director of Esmod Berlin.Who are you?
We are Silvia Kadolsky and Klaus Metz, Chairman and Administrative Director of Esmod Berlin.
Esmod is a fashion school that will celebrate its 20th birthday next year! Students at Esmod Berlin learn about designing and pattern making but for the last two years we have also offered a "Sustainable Fashion" masters degree.
Why is Esmod Berlin interested in leather and why did you choose CUIR A PARIS to present your project?
We are interested in leather because it is a noble material and very much in demand in the luxury sector for both accessories and garments. Leather and fur are two materials that require very specific techniques if we are to work with them. We felt the experience was both exciting and enriching. Our students are always keen to fine-tune their professional skills.
Le CUIR A PARIS is one of the most innovative events in terms of trends and new ideas for leather and fur. For us, this show is synonymous with innovation and expertise in the world of textiles and clothing. It seemed to us to be the ideal event for showcasing the projects of our students, who are the designers of tomorrow.
How did preparation for the event go?
Firstly our students came up with ideas for accessories and clothing around the theme of "the sculptured body". They put their ideas down on paper, the initial focus being “how can we work with leather in a way that is modern and contemporary?". The next steps happened in quick succession! Generous German sponsors ( Richard Hoffmans, Weinheimer, Gerecke Leder and Jacobs for leather, Emil Hofmann for fur and Colortex, Fashmo and Stockmayer for textiles) all of whom attend CUIR A PARIS, sent us materials with which to produce our designs. The students and their tutors decided who would use which leather or fur for their project, and production was underway! The timing was respected, with the inevitable acceleration as the deadline came closer...
As for the exhibition space at CUIR A PARIS, the 3rd year students were lucky enough to be able to organise a photo shoot with a professional photographer, hairdresser and make-up artist. Five outfits that were created from items from the various students were selected for this shoot. Huge prints of these photos were exhibited on our stand. We designed an airy scenography with clothing and accessories that hung on chains around visitors, lit by spotlights.
Did this material offer new perspectives?
This material did indeed offer new perspectives. As a result of this partnership, many of our students decided to include leather in their collection. They are also more interested in accessories now, which is very important. We teach our students how to make clothes but it is important that they do not overlook the accessories that complete the outfit!
What will be the next steps in terms of image and contacts or new projects?
CUIR A PARIS allowed us to make some very interesting contacts. We hope to renew the experience with this show in the future. We are also going to show some of the items created for the occasion at other trade fairs such as APLF in Hong Kong at the end of March (a partner of CUIR A PARIS) and Lineapelle in Bologna in early April. CUIR A PARIS has acted as a launch pad for some of our students!