DESIGN & FASHION

Design traditionally plays an important role in Frankfurt. The era of the New Frankfurt is style-defining, for example with the typography Futura created by Paul Renner, Ernst May as remarkable city planner and Ferdinand Kramer, as well as the Frankfurt Kitchen, the original model of today’s fitted kitchen by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky. Today, the Kia Design Center Europe and Frankfurt designers such as Farah Ebrahimi, Philipp Mainzer and Olaf Barski stand for modern design, high-quality materials and innovative manufacturing methods.

In addition to the German Design Council with its Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA), the German Designer Club (DDC), Deutscher Werkbund Hessen and the Museum Angewandte Kunst are not merely established in Frankfurt, but are national and international hallmarks for design.

The German Design Award, an international premium design prize, is presented at Ambiente, the world’s leading trade fair for consumer goods. The DDC Award Gute Gestaltung and the Hessian State Award for Universal Design distinguish excellence and sustainable design. The Höchster Designparcours is a regional design show for new talents.

The Frankfurt based international design magazine form and the international platforms ndion and Stylepark report on the latest developments in design.

A distinct fashion and lifestyle community characterizes the cityscape of Frankfurt. Young and established designers meet modernity and tradition. Frankfurt is always the place where new ideas are negotiated. TextilWirtschaft, published by Deutscher Fachverlag, is a German-language trade magazine providing relevant news and background information from the fashion and textile industry.

Starting in summer 2021, the Frankfurt Fashion Week, the highlight of the German fashion industry, will take place in Frankfurt. During this time, Frankfurt will be the international trading center for trade fairs such as PREMIUM, SEEK and NEONYT, as well as future-oriented formats such as FASHIONSUSTAIN.

Stilblüten Festival is a show of the regional fashion & design scene with connections to other German and international cities. And the FRANKfurtstyleaward as an international competition for young designers in fashion & design stands for a talent and career platform for young designers from fashion schools around the globe, which promotes innovative ideas, creativity and outstanding creative performance.

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An internationally renowned design education is offered by the Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt, European School of Design, HfG Offenbach, Hochschule RheinMain and Hochschule Darmstadt.

The Frankfurt School for Clothing and Fashion has a tradition of more than 100 years of training in making fashion. Global Brand & Fashion Management can be studied at the International School of Management (ISM).

For current job postings in the field of design, it is worth taking a look at the job exchange Design Made in Germany, PAGE job market and das auge job market.

The resident institutions, associations and federations of the design and fashion industry offer a wide range of opportunities for professional qualification, professional exchange and networking.