In April 2012 we were invited to hold a one-month residency at the Weltkulturenmuseum in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, one of the country’s most prestigious ethnological museums. Reason for the invitation was the exhibition “Trading Styles”, which showcases works that emerged during our time in Frankfurt and drew its influence mostly through objects from the museum’s vast archives of ethnological objects from all over the world.
From the museum’s website:
“What does fashion tell us about society? How do styles travel and mediate identity?
“In an unprecedented dialogue between past and present worlds of fashion, “TRADING STYLE” presents over 500 historic objects, photographs and films from the Weltkulturen Museum’s collection together with new designs for clothing and accessories by four international fashion labels: Buki Akib (NG), A Kind of Guise (DE), CassettePlaya (UK) and P.A.M./Perks and Mini (AU). Working in residence at the museum’s lab during 2012, each team of designers investigated the ethnographic collections and created new prototype garments inspired by their selection. With artefacts from Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Greenland, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Micronesia, Namibia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tierra del Fuego, Togo, Uganda, the United States and Venezuela.”