The outline of a hand touching a silky-curtain, yielding a little by pressure Foto: Goethe-Institut

In October 2016 the Goethe-Institut of Paris initiated the research for the exhibition project BEYOND SEEING in cooperation with four renowned fashion schools from Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium.

Within the scope of several international research workshops, an exhibition and a discursive accompanying program, the project is intended to make fashion discernible beyond the visual stimuli through interaction of sensory perceptions.

Different target groups who never met before - students of design, blind and visually impaired participants as well as experts of different artistic disciplines - will be brought together for the first time in order to develop innovative design concepts.


A building front

ESMOD BERLIN – Academy of Fashion
unites a deep awareness of tradition with a strong orientation to the future aiming to train original and critical designers - designers who can move in the international fashion world with creative competence, sustained success and a pronounced sense of responsibility and who bring these attributes to bear on their own ongoing development and that of the fashion industry.
ESMOD BERLIN sees it as their mission to work across disciplines to join abilities and knowledge in artistic-creative as well as in technical-analytical spheres.

Logo Esmod Berlin
A wave-like building next to the river Seine, on which a boat is moving

IFM PARIS – Institut français de la mode
is a higher education institution in Paris dedicated to teaching and research in areas such as textile, fashion, luxury and design industries. Since its establishment in 1986 IFM provides cross-curricular programs targeting in particular management in fashion and in the textile industry. Its diverse research activities enable IFM to frequently publish academic studies addressing above all an expert audience.

Logo of the IFM
A majestic building within a beautiful park

Founded in 1927 the École nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV) is one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design. Among the many offered training courses the department of fashion design and creation founded in 1984 was particularly successful in producing many talents. The so-called School of Brussels has built its reputation on its training courses and the professional career of its former students and is therefore competitive with the most important design and fashion schools on an international level.

Logo of Lacambre
A large modern building, steps leading up on the side

Since the 19th century the textile industry, fashion and design were based in Borås, Sweden. The training program at the Swedish School of Textiles founded in 1866 is divided into three areas: design, engineering, and management. With a responsible view on fashion design the Swedish school of Textiles focuses particularly on the combination of fashion and technology. Together with international research networks the school takes a closer look at consumer behavior and sustainable approaches for recycling and reusability of textiles. In well-equipped laboratories the students combine creative practice with theory.

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Partner-Logo: Esmod International
Partner-Logo: IFM Paris
Partner-Logo: La Cambre Brussels
Partner-Logo: FDA Veugles de France
Partner-Logo: Swedish School of Textiles, Borås
Partner-Logo: Borås Stad
Partner-Logo: Deutscher Blinden- und Sehbedindertenverband
Partner-Logo: La Vilette
Partner-Logo: Hochschule Wismar
Partner-Logo: Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk
Partner-Logo: Deutsch-Französicher Preis der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft