AKAIBU STORE AND ALHAMBRA ARE TEAMING UP TO SERVE BERLIN A REAL ARCHIVE EXHIBITION

21.10.2021, Events Fashion News
 
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The artistic impact we see in fashion, or used to see in fashion, is increasingly diminishing. It seems to just pass us by at a speed we can’t follow, to an extent we can no longer grasp. Exactly here, our view falls again on the so-called Archive Fashion: Whereas „Vintage“ just describes something old, „Archive“ refers to the speciality and rarity. As the kind of „End Boss“ of the Fast Fashion industry, Archive Fashion is taking over a different viewpoint at fashion again: Garments as art with a collecting character.

The merging of the AKAIBU Store and Alhambra Berlin, the former film theater at Kurfürstendamm, which was built around 1921/1922, provides an answer in many ways. In a museum-like atmosphere, the neatly collected items, ranging from high-end vintage, to rarities such as runway-only pieces or even exclusive samples that never went into production, are duly curated.

Especially in the current time, while fashion is racing past us, such an exhibition serves as a reminder. What we can marvel at here as archive pieces from the past could also be pieces from two years ago, since fashion has increased in speed to an extreme degree compared to the time from which some of the pieces originate.
Archive is a search for the rare, something unique, something that seems almost impossible today, because everything seems to move somewhere in the same trend cosmos. A rare piece of clothing is just as comparable to a rare work of art, something that gains value over time, needs to be cared for and cherished. We seem to have partly forgotten this search, because we are simply overrun by the choice and the possibilities.

To present fashion as art again, to capture this feeling and above all this certain form of emotionality when you buy something that feels special to you, something that we keep for decades and, as our parents and grandparents did, pass on and pass on. Buying more consciously and emotionally and go back there again to seek a deeper meaning in something.

The exhibition will still run including October 23, 2021. Archive pieces from brands such as Maison Martin Margiela, Gucci, Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen, Haider Ackermann and even more will be exhibited.

Words by Carolin Desiree Becker

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