Eva barthel tidies louisa’s outfit to perfection. The first run on the "catwalk" is about to begin. Behind the stage, the students of the university of hof/ campus textile design wrap themselves in strange garments: plaster bandages, paper cuttings, crepe ribbons, rags and hoses are draped around their bodies. The women look like aliens and that is part of the program. Before the models walk down the catwalk in the old parcel hall in beautiful and wearable collections, they first show quite unusual objects.
Martina ziegenthaler, professor at the university of hof/campus munchberg, tells what the strange skins are all about. "The task was to design body shells that have as much volume and as little weight as possible". Some designs were very successful, others less so, and some had fulfilled the task 100 percent, according to ziegenthaler. These drafts are certainly not intended for the penal system, says ziegenthaler. "It is an experimental play with materials. We wanted to show what happens when you leave out all the requirements for clothing." fashion and textiles are inseparable, but fashion is only a small part of the textile design course, says ziegenthaler.
The students prepare for the performance. "I’m already a little excited, says louise regel. They can be, after all, young women don’t walk the runway as models every day. By the way: while the catwalk snaked through the parcel hall at the first fashion show two years ago, it is much smaller this time around. The "catwalk is set up in the back of the hall, dark curtains cover the room and spotlights shine from the ceiling. It’s heib. Nevertheless, the visitors sit and stand close together.
Among the performers are members of the pocket opera from nurnberg. Franz killer, the musical director, is thrilled by the response. "We didn’t expect this level of interest, especially in this weather", he is pleased.
The show starts with the performance, the women and one man walk down the catwalk in futuristic creations, accompanied by idiosyncratic music: gertrud demmler-schwab, a singer from the pocket opera, performs cathy berberian’s "stripsody". The experiment succeeds, the audience applauds.
In the second part, the students will present beautiful, wearable collections. The up-and-coming designers have been inspired by the colors of the autumn of the fall or have relied on environmentally sustainable materials.
The fashion is casual, elegant, stylish or in business look. "Cast off" heibt for example the collection of anne trottmann, which takes up the sailor look. Anna trottmann and larissa mauerer show with their designs fashion for self-confident women. At the end the excitement is gone and there is long and enthusiastic applause for the models and the fashion.