contemporary fashion archive

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Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London) Dutch Fashion Foundation (Amsterdam) Flanders Fashion Institute (Antwerp) Hochschule für Gestaltung Technik und Wirtschaft (Pforzheim) Unit F association for contemporary fashion (Vienna)

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Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design,
London (GB)

Central Saint Martins is one of the most important and traditional training posts for contemporary fashion in Great Britain. Aside from the renowned fashion classes, the college is also highly respected as an educational facility and scientific research institution in the fields of applied arts, fashion, graphic and 3D design, theatre and performances, as well as, interdisciplinary arts.

Central Saint Martins has earned a national and international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers and fashion communicators who have gone on to make outstanding and directional contributions within a variety of fashion professions in the UK and abroad. Graduates include such influential names as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen, and the journalists Iain R Webb, Jeremy Langmead, Andrew Davis, and Claudia Croft.

Contact: Lee Widdows, Christopher New: CSM project manager
Hywel Davies: research

Dutch Fashion Foundation,
Amsterdam (NL)

The Dutch Fashion Foundation (DFF) strives to strengthen the cultural, economical and social role of Dutch fashion on a national and international level.

With its basis in Amsterdam, DFF manages a network of approximately 50 of the most talented Dutch fashion designers. The activities that DFF has undertaken inside an outside the Netherlands have led to the expansion of this network to incorporate diverse creative disciplines that have discovered fashion as a medium for their own proliferation. DFF manages this network to shape a contact point and quality guarantee for all parties, both commercial and non-commercial that want to work with fashion on the highest level possible.

Through working with this group of designers on an international level, the Dutch Fashion Foundation has acquired a strong knowledge, experience and network in and of the international fashion system. This is of great importance for the effective guidance of young talent.

In order to make the value of the DFF network, knowledge and experience accessible, it has been shaped into the following four fields of service, namely presentations, documentation and information provision, advice and mediation and international network activities.

Contact: Angelique Westerhof: DFF project manager
Jenny Logjes: research

Flanders Fashion Institute,
Antwerp (B)

The Flanders Fashion Institute was founded in 1997 by Linda Loppa, together with Geert Bruloot, Patrick De Muynck and Gerdi Esch. Aim of the project was to internationally promote its pioneering role in the global fashion scene, and to support and perpetuate it.

Its efforts resulted in the realisation of a unique project that combines a fashion school, a museum, a library with reading room, an archive department, a forum and an institute all under one roof: the ModeNatie. This building will become the platform for students and designers and attract fashion specialists and tourists alike, as a HOME for the international fashion scene.

Events, publications and a magazine, a forum for workshops, lectures and exhibitions, a fashion fund designed to coach young designers and support them, and give due attention to the profession and professional trades that are threatened with extinction; these are the instruments and tools used by the Flanders Fashion Institute to disseminate the concept of an authentic fashion culture.

Contact: Patrick De Muynck: FFI project manager
Birgit Ansoms: research

University of Applied Sciences,
Pforzheim (D)

The goal of the degree program in Fashion Design is to produce highly qualified designers able to plan careers into fashion and clothing industries according to their talents and special interests. At the same time they are flexible enough to professionally participate in related fields, as well. The professors and lecturers come from diverse areas in the fashion industry and offer a broad spectrum of specialisations in the field.

The basis for the Major in Fashion Design is a core program of artistic and theoretical studies. In the second part of the program this is complemented with individual project work. In keeping close ties with other courses of studies e.g. visual communication and exhibition design, industrial and transportation design, as well as, jewellery design, the hands-on experience enhances the student's future choices and allows them to work in interdisciplinary projects.

The Major in Fashion Design usually requires 8 semesters of study. The general program of studies is complemented by excursions, guest lectures and workshops. Opportunities for study and work abroad are also offered and encouraged. The students are active in competitions, exhibitions, fashion shows and other activities and present their final works every semester in a self-organised, public fashion show.

Contact: Gerda Ott: HGP project manager
Monika Markert: research

Unit F association for contemporary fashion,
Vienna (A)

Unit F association for contemporary fashion is an information-, communication- and co-ordination point between fashion designers, economy, science and culture. Unit F association for contemporary fashion defines fashion as a cultural discourse as well as an economic factor.

Mediation of fashion is at the centre of the activities of Unit F association for contemporary fashion. To meet this objective, Unit F is active in four different areas: promotion of young Austrian fashion designers (Unit F ~SUPPORT), interdisciplinary exhibitions and presentations that incorporate a variety of creative fields such as architecture, graphic and web-design, photography, electronic media, etc. (Unit F ~PROJECT), the set-up of a national and international digital fashion archive (Unit F ~ARCHIVE, AFF - Austrian Fashion Files, CFA - Contemporary Fashion Archive) and the creation of a network consisting of fashion designers, the corporate world, business, trade and commerce (Unit F ~ECONOMY).

Contact: Andreas Bergbaur: CFA project manager
Katrin Seiler : project co-ordination, research management
Maria Fuchs: research

Associated Partners

Festival International des Arts de la Mode, Hyères (F), University of Applied Arts, Vienna (A), Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (USA), MoMu, Antwerp (B), Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (B), ITS International Talent Support, Trieste (I), Jewellery Museum Pforzheim (D), Studio Artista, Budapest (H), Discipline, Tokyo (JAP).

Hanival Internet Services GmbH (former: NIWA WEB Solutions)
Hanival Internet Services GmbH is an innovative IT service provider with an emphasis on information management in Internet and Intranet. Hanival is specialised in working on the cutting edge between research and development on the one hand and applied technologies and application programming on the other hand. Since July 2005 Hanival hosts the international domain & webhosting brand chillydomains on currently 6 localized portals:,,,, and

Information technology for cultural institutions and projects has always been very important for the work of Hanival. The work in the cultural sector has been successfully expanded to the research area where Hanival Internet Services succeeded in various calls in the areas of Creative Industries, Semantic Web and Cultural Heritage.

Contact: DI Klaus Niederacher, DI Alexander Wahler, Dieter Haacker

boris kopeinig info structures
Since the mid 90s, media artist and media designer Boris Kopeinig aka sub stim has been presenting digital visuals in the Viennese club-scene. He also created web-art projects such as "untitled system" which was included into the Rhizome Artbase, a New-York based online platform for the global new media art community.

Before becoming a freelance media designer, he worked for Public Netbase, a Vienna-based media and art platform. Since then, his works have included the exhibition websites "stealing eyeballs" and "fast forward- fashion in the media of the nineties", which won an at-award.

In 2003, Boris Kopeinig developed "digital content" an contribution to an art project of the mobile network operator hutchinson 3G.

Contact: Boris Kopeinig

L2M3 GmbH Kommunikations Design
Contact: Sascha Lobe

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