I was checking out the What’s On listings on Anglo Info last week and read about ‘Fashion Talks’ at the Museum für Kommunikation (Museum for Communication) in Berlin.
Berlin is blessed with a wealth of great museums and I’ve been to quite a few during my three trips but as I hadn’t been to this particular one so the opportunity to go and check it out appealed.
This temporary show ends on 26 February 2012 so I went to see it today while I could.
On the way up to ‘Fashion Talks’ on the top floor I checked out the permanent collection, which did nothing for me. Some interactive displays and rows of telephone and post boxes doesn’t make for an interesting day out in my opinion but may be just your idea of heaven. The building itself had some interesting architectural details though.
The assertion on the website set up to promote the exhibition:
every day when we wonder ‘What shall I wear today?’, we are actually asking ourselves ‘Who do I want to be?’
spoke to me. I’ve always subscribed to the view that ‘clothes maketh the man’ so I was keen to check out an exhibition that explores what our clothes say about us.
The curators had a few good ideas and some of them were presented reasonably well but you could probably learn as much about fashion principles if you walk around the shops near Hackescher Markt, spend an hour in the KaDeWe, or stroll along the Ku’damm.
If you do end up at the museum watch out for the guided tours. If you happen to be looking at an exhibit that a guide would like to present to their group, you’ll be told to move on.
This happened to me as I was checking out what I thought was an interesting presentation of the items that define fashion tribes in library drawers. As one of the principles being explored in ‘Fashion Talks’ is the first impressions made by our clothes this struck me as ironic – my first impression of this guide was far from good.
If you’re thinking of going to the Museum für Kommunikation, my advice is, don’t. Take your €3 to one of Berlin’s many bars and have a beer, it will leave a better taste in your mouth.
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