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About the possibilities of sewing, experiencing images and shopping clothes with visual impairment

In the context of the “Woche des Sehens” (“Week of Sight”) French, Belgian and German bloggers, blind and sighted, met in Berlin for two days of adventure. The experiences included a sewing workshop, a visit to the exhibition at Berlinische Galerie as well as a blind guide to buying cloths.
The picture shows a room with five tables standing inside. Located on each table is a sewing machine. In the background of the tables stand two blue ironing tables, typically used in tailoring and cleaners.
The picture shows a group people inside a room full of tables with sewing machines. A blond woman in the middle of the picture is speaking to the others.
The pictures shows tailoring equipment lying on a white surface. Among the objects are a big scissor, a blue-white yarn and a sewing-needle with a green handle
The picture shows two people, a partially impaired woman and a blind man using a sewing machine. The short-short haired woman is wearing a white blouse, while the bearded man is wearing an ochre-colored shirt.
Two woman, one wearing a black turtle-neck shirt, the other one wearing a white blouse and glasses with red lenses, proudly presenting a bag, which they have sewed together.
A woman with light brown hair, a brown shirt and a camera around her neck touching a tactile relief inside the Berlinische Galerie. The eyes of the woman are blindfolded by a brown-white sleeping mask.
Two pair of hands touching a tactile relief of an image at Berlinische Galerie.
A woman with black hair, a blue shirt and blue-jeans, who is blind, touching a tactile relief. In the background is the relief’s original picture.
A tactile relief of a woman in a black dress. While the upper body of the figure is made of inflexible material, the dress is made from fluffy black material.

“A NEW PERSPECTIVE” - Fashion design BEYOND SEEING at ESMOD Berlin’s Graduate Show

On Thursday, 14th of September, Berlin’s notorious Anomalie Club opened its gates to host more than 700 people at the annual “ESMOD Graduate Show”. Among the graduates were not just five students participating BEYOND SEEING, the project itself played a major role during the event. The show’s topic promised “A New Perspective” – and a new perspective it was.

Those who have followed the recent shows of ESMOD know that one can expect a lot from them – innovative fashion concepts, outstanding designs and a jury containing internationally renowned fashion experts. In addition several installations were prepared on the club’s venue accessible for all the guests in between the shows. One installation was a selection of five BEYOND SEEING pieces that were presented in a hut, fitted out with over 70 transparent inflatable mattresses. Therewith an identity was given to the hut in sense of walkability. Six spotlights were directed towards the mattresses whose texture broke the spectrum of the light. Guests had the opportunity to experience the idea behind multisensory fashion design directly, by smelling and touching the creations. Through the DBSV attending the event as well, visitors had the opportunity to learn from a close up perspective about the challenges of creating beyond seeing.

Close up to the left part of the chest of a model standing outside wearing a white blouse with blue color around the buttons. The color goes from almost white to a dark blue, it is applied to the tissue in small dots and reminds of the shape of clouds. The model is softly touching the tissue.
Two blind models presenting the collection of Verena Kuen. The one in the foreground has long blond hair which is blowing in the wind, she is smiling. She wears a white jacket which is closed by bottoms in the front. It has blue, black and beige printing all over the front. The second model is more in the background, she has dark brown hair on shoulder-length. She stands behind the blond model to her left and is holding her arm. She wears a white coat with a white belt with a buckle.<br>
The two are standing outsight, they are photographed slightly from below so that you can only see the greyish sky behind them. The picture is slightly blurred.
A blind model on the runway of the Graduate Fashion Show of ESMOD Berlin presenting designs by Verena Kuen. It is the same model as the one from the background on the second picture. She has slightly curled dark brown hair which is in a ponytail. She presents a cap in a purplish color. The top of the hat is in purple strips going from almost white to dark purple. She also wears a wide white blouse in a light tissue with a pattern that resembles to clouds in white, dark and light blue around the bottoms. Over the blouse, she wears a royal blue cardigan in a thick material, it is not buttoned-up. You can also find the cloudish pattern in white, different types of blue and black on this clothing.
A blind model on the runway of the Graduate Fashion Show of ESMOD Berlin presenting designs by Verena Kuen. It is the same model as the one from the foreground on the second picture. Her blond hair is in a ponytail. She wears a wide white jacket which looks as if she is wearing a square-shaped poncho over a pullover. The material is shiny. The jacket also has the same cloudy pattern all over its front in different colors of blue, grey and black.
Two blind models walk on an airstrip in front of a glider. The blond women is guiding the dark-haired women who is holding her arm. The first is again wearing the squared poncho jacket, as well as a wide dark trouser blowing in the wind and dark sneakers. The other one wears the white coat which is now in better sight, it has now and then a blue pattern on the front and has knee-length. Underneath she wears a white skirt and white sneakers.
A women holding a small roundish bag in a hangar in front of a glider. The focus is on the bag, you only see the women from her shoulders to her upper thigh. The bag is in midnight blue, it has the cloudish pattern in light and almost white blue and in dark grey almost black. The women is wearing a wide trouser and a short-sleeved blouse, both in the same midnight blue. The blouse has the same kind of pattern as the bag on the right side of her chest and around the upper buttons close to the collar.
The silhouette of a women from her stomach up, she is behind what seems to be a curtain of a close-meshed net. The picture is bright illuminated on the left side, the contours almost vanish into white. The right side lays in a light blue shadow, the crossing from light to shadow is marked by a pattern in blue that looks like falling water. The women has a long blond pony-tail, she is wearing a wide white blouse and she seems to hold the net as she spreads her arms, but you can only see her shoulders and a bit of her upper arm.
A blond blind model wearing a wide white short-sleeved blouse with a blue pattern on her left chest and around the buttons as well as a dark blue cap. You see her from the stomach up, she is photographed slightly from the bottom. The woman is posing with her left arm pointing to the blue sky, she is looking to the upper left, the sun shines on her face. Behind her, there are four giant bronze sculptures of man and women, having the same position as the model, but are looking in the opposite direction.

Verena Kuen, graduate and BEYOND SEEING – participant definitely contributed a special highlight to the show. During the research workshop in Berlin Verena stated “that fashion should be there for everybody, especially concerning the participation of disabled people”. She kept her word. By creating a travel collection especially for the blind and visually impaired (Travelling BEYOND SEEING) Verena comprehensively materialized the ideas and inspirations that were made during Day One of BEYOND SEEING. Shape, sound, and tactile experience were combined together to form a new approach towards fashion: Fashion beyond seeing. As if that were not enough new perspectives, Verena presented her collection with blind models.

It’s great to see that the roots of BEYOND SEEING flourish and lead towards innovative ideas. A sewing-workshop for blind and visual impaired people organized in cooperation with the DBSV as well as visually impaired designer Bianca von Stempel will surely create even more BEYOND SEEING fashion enthusiasts.