Berliner Chic (Book)

A Locational History of Berlin Fashion

Since becoming the capital of reunited Germany, Berlin has had a dose of global money and international style added to its already impressive cultural veneer. Once home to emperors and dictators, peddlers and spies, it is now a fashion showplace that attracts the young and hip. Moving beyond descriptions of Berlin's fashion industry and its ready-to-wear clothing, Berliner Chic charts the turbulent stories of entrepreneurially-savvy manufacturers and cultural workers striving to establish their city as a fashion capital, and being repeatedly interrupted by politics, ideology and war. There are many stories to tell about Berlin's fashion industry and Berliner Chic tells them all with considerable expertise.

Category: Fashion, Visual Arts
Series: Urban Chic


Susan Ingram is associate professor and coordinator of European Studies at York University.

Katrina Sark is a PhD student in the Department of German Studies at McGill University.

Introduction: Locating Berliner Chic
Chapter One: Berliner Chic in Museums
Chapter Two: Berliner Chic and Historiography
Chapter Three: Berliner Chic Between Fashion and Photography
Chapter Four: Berliner Chic on the Silver Screen
Chapter Five: Berlin Calling: Sex and Drugs and Punk and Techno
Chapter Six: Becoming Berlin: The Flux of Corporate Luxe
Conclusion: Where Fashion Lives Today: Battleground Berlin
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