Open Call: 1st Stock of Costumes – Grant 2022

The next open call for applications for our bi-annual Stock of Costumes – Grant is starting: from October 1, 2021 to November 15, 2021 costume designers can apply for a stock grant and use our stock of costumes at particularly favourable conditions. Interested parties with independent productions in all genres of the performing arts in Berlin that will be staged in the first half of the year 2022 (January 1 to June 30) can apply. The decision regarding the awarding of the grant will usually be made four weeks after the closing date. The application for the stock grant is made via the online PDF application form available for download here on our website under Stock of Costumes.

Workshop for costume design in theater and film

Sat + Sun | September 25 + 26, 2021 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A two-day introduction under the direction of Silvia Albarella into the world of theater and film costume design for students, drama teachers, amateur theater teams and for all those who work with costumes and would like to get an insight into this profession.

The various aspects of costume design are analyzed by using different costume designs and styles as examples and illustrated by means of slide shows and the examination of concrete costumes. With the help of warm-ups and playful work with colors and fabrics, you will be tempted to design a costume picture on your own. In addition, the participants are also introduced to other practical work, such as mask design, coloring and patinating.
Finally, the result is documented with photos. If desired, figurines can also be designed, gladly also with the help of collages.

The course takes place in a small group (max. 5 persons), applying the rules of distance and hygiene.

Where: Stock of costumes at Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Course number: FK2.911
Information on course registration: www.vhs-fk.de, info@vhs-fk.de
Fee: 55 Euro / reduced 29 Euro

Current production of our stock of costumes grant holder

With our stock of costumes grant for the 2. half-year of 2021, stage and costume designer Vanessa Vadineanu is responsible for the costume design for the performance “LILA LIED – The Queer Cabaret”, which will premiere at SchwuZ on September 9, 2021. Inspired by Mischa Spoliansky’s chanson of the same name, which became the world anthem of the first homosexual movement, the multimedia cabaret evening will transform Germany’s oldest queer cultural center into a circus ring. With chansons, electronic music, drag and burlesque, the biographies of forgotten queer-feminist artists from 1920s Berlin will be revived and bridges to contemporary emancipatory movements will be built.

The main focus of the production is on the costume design. By means of extravagant costumes, the performers portray important characters of the queer scene and convey to the audience the avant-garde period and political and social grievances in the Weimar Republic. At the same time, the costume design will change in the course of the performance in such a way that it creates an arc to today and reflects the current colorful diversity of the contemporary Berlin queer show scene. In this way, “LILA LIED – The Queer Cabaret” tells the stories of forgotten queer-feminist artists of the Weimar era and connects them to today’s struggle for emancipation and equal rights.

We wish Vanessa Vadineanu and her team all the best for the final rehearsals and good luck for the premiere!

Information about the performance dates can be found on the Facebook page from SchwuZ.

Current repair workshops in our open textile workshop Fetzen&Flicken

Under the guidance of experienced tailors, you will learn about repair and upcycling methods and can implement them directly on our machines. Check out our next dates in September:

Thursday, September 2: 4 – 7 p.m.: BAG REPAIRING and PANT RIP REPLACEMENT
With master tailor Thomas Gläser
Everybody knows it: Key ring or cell phone strain the pocket bag and sometime there is a hole. High time to make the pocket bag somehow tight again. Over time, the zippers on many pants break. We show you how to replace a pants zipper and thus your pants can continue to wear.

Thursday, September 9: 6 – 8 p.m. + Saturday, September 11: 2 – 6 p.m.: UPCYCLING WITH EMBROIDERY
With fashion designer Emilia Patrignani
Emilia Patrignani gives an introduction into embroidery techniques and how you can personalize clothing and costumes with the use of illustration and figurative embroidery. Embroidery adds an emotional value to a garment. Ethical and sustainable is not always afordable, so we can make sustainable a garment we bought through 2nd hand or fast fashion by learning how to embroider on it.

Thursday, September 23: 6 – 8 p.m. + Saturday, September 25: 2 – 6 p.m.: UPCYCLING PILLOWCASES
With master tailor Thomas Gläser
We approach the topic of upcycling by making simple textile products. You can either bring your own used textiles or buy some here at a reasonable price. We will then use them to make pillowcases. If you want to sew in a seam-covered zipper, it is best to bring a suitable one.

Workshop registration required at: textilwerkstatt@kostuemkollektiv.de Donation fee for the workshops € 15. Please bring negative test, proof of vaccination or recovery and a mask.

Where
Textile workshop at Haus der Materialisierung,
Otto-Braun-Strasse 70-72, 10178 Berlin, access via Berolinastrasse / Mollstrasse, behind the “Werkstatt” from the Haus der Statistik.

Upcycling and sharing in the capital

“Berlin’s new re-use center – or: If you ever need a saw. Is it trash or can it still do something? A center for sustainable business and reuse is being built at Alexanderplatz.” Kostümkollektiv is part of it. Full article in the Berliner Zeitung from June 3, 2021: https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/berlins-neues-re-use-zentrum-oder-wenn-sie-mal-eine-saege-brauchen-li.162964

In action

Our current scholarship holder, a collective of 3 costume designers (Bergit Faßl, Marei Löllmann and Marie Perglerovà) start their work for the protest opera WEM GEHÖRT LAURATIBOR. Music by Anders Ehlin and libretto by Tina Müller already exist and a lot of action on the streets against the sellout of the city.

Open Call: Stock of Costumes – Grant / 2. half-year 2021

Until April 15, 2021, costume designers can apply for a Stock of Costumes – Grant and use our stock of costume at particularly favorable conditions. Interested parties can apply with productions of all genres within the independent performing arts community in Berlin, which will be developed and realized in the second half of 2021. The decision regarding the awarding of the grant is usually made four weeks after the closing date for submissions. The application for the Stock of Costumes – Grant is made by completing the application form, which can be downloaded from our website under Stock of Costumes.

New stock grant holder / 1st half of 2021

The stock grant for the first half of 2021 goes to cultural scientist and designer Bergit Faßl, who works with her interdisciplinary platform a.ACHAT at the intersection of contemporary art, fashion/costume, music and food. The jury chose her promising costume design plans for the music theater project in public space “Wem gehört Lauratibor – Eine Protestoper”. The premiere is scheduled for May 29, 2021 around the area of Kreuzberg’s Reichenberger Straße, Mariannenplatz and Kottbusser Tor.

“Wem gehört Lauratibor” deals with the sellout of the city. Tenants from threatened projects along Reichenberger Straße have joined forces for this project. Author Tina Müller has written a libretto from their stories, which will be set to music by composer Anders Ehlin. The set is being developed by teams of professional stage and costume designers, most of whom come from the projects involved. In a common visual language that is as committed to agitprop as it is to a citational application of elements from fairy tales, sagas and science fiction, the individual artists are given the freedom to realize their respective visions.

We congratulate Bergit Faßl and thank the jury and all candidates for their applications.

Workshop for costume design in theater and film

Sat + Sun | November 7 + 8, 2020 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A two-day introduction under the direction of Silvia Albarella into the world of theater and film costume design for students, drama teachers, amateur theater teams and for all those who work with costumes and would like to get an insight into this profession.

The various aspects of costume design are analyzed by using different costume designs and styles as examples and illustrated by means of slide shows and the examination of concrete costumes. With the help of warm-ups and playful work with colors and fabrics, you will be tempted to design a costume picture on your own. In addition, the participants are also introduced to other practical work, such as mask design, coloring and patinating.
Finally, the result is documented with photos. If desired, figurines can also be designed, gladly also with the help of collages.

The course takes place in our stock of costumes at Kunstquartier Bethanien. At the moment, the collection contains about 15,000 pieces, which are available for trying out and fitting during the 2 days.

The course takes place in a small group (max. 5 persons), applying the rules of distance and hygiene.
Course number: FK2.778
Information on course registration: www.vhs-fk.de, info@vhs-fk.de
Fee: 55 Euro / reduced 29 Euro