Fashion is more than just clothing. It reflects its time and society, it tells of taboos and departure, it can become a symbol of change and innovation. Especially in Berlin, fashion had always been an important topic, and so today Berlin street style is once again copied internationally. Trade fairs and runways show the latest trends in the capital, large exhibitions demonstrate the importance of fashion in art and in everyday life.
And of course you can find the hottest trends in Berlin's shops. We have compiled the most important tips for all style-conscious, fashioniastas and fashion enthusiasts.
Tip 1: Jewellery & Garment
Jewelry and fashion belong closely together, as the exhibition "Jewellery & Garment" at the Bröhan Museum shows. Individually crafted, extravagant pieces of jewelry in combination with high-quality vintage fashion show the importance of both disciplines and demonstrate their significance and sustainable quality - especially in contrast to the fast, short-lived trends of fast fashion and industrially produced cheap jewelry. The fashion shown in the exhibition comes from Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester, the jewelry from David Bielander, Helen Britton, Karl Fritsch, Svenja John, Daniel Kruger, Yutaka Minegishi, Dorothea Prühl, Peter Skubic, Lisa Walker, Petra Zimmermann.
When: until 15 January 2023
Where: Bröhan Museum, Schlossstraße 1a, Charlottenburg
Tip 2: Fashion at Kunstgewerbemuseum
The Museum of Decorative Arts at the Kulturforum is a home for art, fashion and design. In addition to design classics and masterpieces of European design and object art from the Middle Ages to Art Deco, the museum also houses a fashion gallery worth seeing, which is designed like an exclusive shopping arcade. While window shopping, you can admire 150 years of fashion history with dresses by famous couturiers such as Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior.
When: permanent exhibition
Where: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthäikirchplatz, Tiergarten
Tip 3: Berlin Fashion Week
The highlight for all fashionistas! Berlin Fashion Week is the most important event where models present the very latest trends and ideas on the catwalk. The focus is on sustainability and innovations, and of course the typical casual Berlin style is not neglected.
When: 17 - 21 January 2023
Where: various locations
Tip 4: Helmut Newton. Brands
Immerse yourself in the high-gloss world of the fashion magazines: The special exhibition "Helmut Newton. Brands" shows Newton's photographs, which were taken in cooperation with internationally renowned brands such as Swarovski, Saint Laurent, Wolford, Blumarine or Lavazza. His fashion images of Yves Saint Laurent reflect Saint Laurent's creativity and are as individual and different as his clothes. In addition to Newton's work for luxury hosiery brand Wolford, the exhibition also features Newton-designed advertising for Swarovski, Blumarine and Chanel.
When: December 3 - May 14, 2023
Where: Museum of Photography, Jebensstrasse 2, Charlottenburg
Tip 5: Fashion from Berlin
In recent years, fashion from Berlin has repeatedly set creative impulses and caused a stir far beyond the city's borders. You can see which ideas inspire today's Berlin fashion and which trends it sets in the boutiques in Mitte, Neukölln or Charlottenburg. We have compiled an overview of cool shops for you.
Tip 6: PLATTE.Berlin
The newest place for fashion and the fashion scene from Berlin is PLATTE.Berlin, where you can not only shop but also visit exhibitions, workshops and other events. The offer is as creative as Berlin itself, shaped by the city's subcultures - always innovative and trend-setting for the entire fashion industry.
Where: Memhardstraße 8, Mitte
When: Shop Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1 - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday 1 - 7 p.m.
Tip 7: Vintage shops
If you're into stylish clothes with matching accessories, then you should take a look around Berlin's vintage shops. Here you'll find high-quality designer fashion from the last decades, well preserved and of great quality, which is sure to give you pleasure for a long time. And of course, it's always worth strolling through Berlin's flea markets.
Tip 8: Hausvogteiplatz
Berlin wrote fashion history in the 1920s and early 1930s. Hausvogteiplatz in Mitte was the centre of Berlin's ready-to-wear industry, where numerous companies and shops had set up shop. Under National Socialism, the mostly Jewish owners were expropriated and expelled or murdered. A sculpture on the square commemorates their fate. Learn more about the history of Hausvogteiplatz in our app About Berlin.
Tip 9: Fashion museum Meyenburg
The Fashion Museum is not in Berlin, but in Meyenburg in Brandenburg, where you can indulge in the fashion of times gone by. Dresses, shoes, bags and hats from the 1900s to the 1970s tell of historical and social developments and show how much body images and ideals of beauty have changed over time.
Where: Fashion Museum Schloss Meyenburg , Schloss 1, Meyenburg
When: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm,
Last admission 4.15 p.m.
Tip 10: Strolling about Kurfürstendamm
French elegance and Italian chic: the boutiques of the really big high-end brands can be found on Kurfürstendamm. Window shop and marvel at the artistry of the international fashion scene and the very latest creations. And of course, a stroll through the legendary KaDeWe department store on Wittenbergplatz is a must. This is where the hearts of all fashionistas and fashion fans beat faster ...
Tip 11: Sustainable fashion
Fairly produced and traded clothes are good for the environment and your conscience - and you look good in them too. More and more brands are focusing on ecological production and sustainable materials, but also on chic cuts and beautiful patterns.
We have compiled an overview of certified shops for sustainable fashion.