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TRADING STYLE – Weltmode im Dialog

Until 27th October 2013

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.

Art Director: Teimaz Shahverdi.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication (Kerber Verlag).

Produced in cooperation with Theatrum Mundi / Global Street(

Supported by Hessische Kulturstiftung, ARTE, BritishCouncil and Ambiente. Media Partner: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Participating fashion designers:
A Kind of Guise (Germany) Residency Weltkulturen Labor April 2012

CassettePlaya (Great Britain) Residency Weltkulturen Labor May/August 2012

Buki Akib (Nigeria) Residency Weltkulturen Labor June 2012

Perks and Mini/P.A.M (Australia) Residency Weltkulturen Labor July 2012

Weltkulturen Limited Edition: “Collection of the Collection”
Based on the exhibition “TRADING STYLE”, six designers develop new limited editions that are presented and sold at the Weltkulturen Museum. The Berlin label “New Tendency” ( creates an exclusive edition of bags. Further editions include productions by Saskia Dietz and uslu airlines. Click here for more information.

Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm, Wed, 11am-8pm
Entrance Museum: €5 / reduced €2.50
Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt