Behind the Seams 2016


ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion is excited about the inspiring public response to the Behind The Seams Event that took place on 15th July 2015. About 250 guests attended the open house event throughout the day, capturing the spirit of the evolving designers of the Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design and Pattern Making Programme and various alumni with their own labels in a multifaceted format. Artist and producer Stini Röhrs and her crew were present during the entire day to direct the fashion film with selected Capsule Collection in cooperation with students of the second year.

Extending the showcasing program, enthusiastic guest participated in the knit design and screen print workshops giving an insight into the craftsmanship involved in fashion design. The Summer Celebration in ESMOD Berlin’s idyllic courtyard provided an exciting and stimulated atmosphere as guests exchanged their impressions of the day’s events and got in touch with the students.


Inspired by the Olympic Games in Brazil, students of the first year designed garments, telling a story about one hot summer day that begins sportive and ends luxury-relaxing. Restricted to the colour white, the exhibition showcased The Creative White Blouse – Athleisure and The Creative Dress – Leisure de Luxe. The Blouse Project combined elements of athletics and leisure and covers construction, draping and the realisation of the blouses and details. Material choices are divers from mash to organza; zippers, toggles and hoodies complete the look. The silhouettes range from asymmetrical architecture inspired, to airy, flared shapes and create a refreshing contrast to the sportive theme. Dreaming about a relaxed night out in Brazil students applied various techniques learned during their first year to their individual designs of the Creative Dress such as makramee and embroidery.


Exploring innovative methods in design and pattern making, students of the second year presented a high level of conceptual but individual creativity, experimental capacity and readiness to evolve for their first Capsule Collection. The collection consisting out three outfits arouse of their very own concept and set a defining milestone in the development of their individual design literacy. Making the decisions on use of material, silhouettes, functionality, valence, treatments and identity a presentation of divers collections was showcased on two floors of ESMOD Berlin. Omnipresent was a strong artistic influence, inspired by alternative design methods including painting, collage techniques and a strong focus on draping and creative pattern making solutions.


Twelve most visionary and conceptually strong student works of the second year were selected to be part of a Fashion Film, directed by Berlin based artist Stini Röhrs, produced live during the event. The high quality shoot is characterised by a dreamy atmosphere between floating sheets of white fabrics and give an artistic glimpse into the Capsule Collections. The film will be released beginning of August.


The ESMOD Collective exhibition in the Aula provided the opportunity to see designs of professional alumni, owning their own label, alongside the works-in-progress of third year Bachelor Students. Usually these designs are kept secret until the renowned Graduate Show, which will be held this coming October. Visually appealing was the juxtaposition of the Bachelor works and the highly polished work of our ESMOD Alumni. Celebrated names in the fashion industry including Augustin Teboul, Ivanman, Louise Friedlaender, Marcel Ostertag, Marina Hoermanseder, Nobi Talai, Kaviar Gauche, Vektor, and Versuchskind were on display, providing inspiration for all.

ESMOD warmly thanks all involved for making this day possible. We are delighted that so many guests took the opportunity to explore Fashion Design in a multifaceted format and are keenly looking forward to the next event.


Stini Röhrs, Artist
Monika Franz, Knit Designer
Valentin Mogg, Screenprint Coordinator
Team Rawkid, DJs

Bauer Fruchtsaft GmbH
Bier – Gebrauch kennt keinen Namen
Minikita Cake Design
Sissis Posenhofen


© Michael Wittig, Fashion Foto Berlin, 2016
© 2016 Kristján Czakó Visual Impact