A joint fashion collection “Dubai-Berlin Fashion Fusion” by eight young designers from Dubai and Berlin will be presented on January 23 at an event focussing on the fashion influenced by both cities.


The show will start at 8pm will be held at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai. It is being organised by the Goethe-Institut German Language Center Dubai, liaison office of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, and is part of the 2nd Berlin-Dubai Festival, which took place in October/November 2011.

An integral part of the festival is the “Young Designers’ Fashion Exchange Project” in which the designers will present their joint work at the upcoming show, a statement from the institute said.

In the context of the exchange programme, the Emirati designers Khulood Thani, Maryam Selaich, Madeyya Almazroie, and Dubai-based German-Egyptian designer Mona Fares visited Berlin to meet young fashion innovators from the German capital and gain first-hand insight into their work.

In return, four fashion design students from Esmod Berlin International University of Art for Fashion; Lena Braatz, Sophie Boehmert, Marina Hoermanseder and Anna Wilhelmi, travelled to Dubai to be introduced to the Emirati fashion scene. This close exchange of views on fashion brought the creation of a joint collection by the eight young designers.

The collection offers not only an insight into the designers’ personal style but also mirrors both cities’ individual style and tries to link their history with traditions, values and visionary concepts, the statement said.

Friederike Moeschel, director of Goethe-Institut German Language Center, Dubai, said:  “Fashion is used as a medium to discuss iconic values in societies as well as lifestyles and Zeitgeist in general and to nourish and inspire each other. The traditional Arabian garment, the Abaya, has been revised in different styles ranging from rocker, 20’s to ethno.”

Other pieces of the collection presented at the fashion show include a coat that combines a varsity jacket and an Abaya as well as an A-line leather dress partly inspired by the theme of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

The fashion show showcasing the “Dubai-Berlin Fashion Fusion” is expected to represent a prime example of bridging the gap between Arabic and Western styles and make the East meet the West.

It is open to the public and registrations can be done online until January 21, the statement said.