For quite some time now the Trachten culture is very popular and the Dirndl Fashion Industry is bigger than ever. Since last year – when I’ve experienced my first Oktoberfest in München – I’ve been hit by the Trachten ‘fever’. Wearing a Dirndl instantly gave me this great, feminine feeling.
‘The Austrian Fashion is really something immortal’
Even Karl Lagerfeld – one of the greatest designers of our time – was unmistakably inspired by the Austrian costume. In December 2014 he showed his Pre-Fall 2015 collection for Chanel at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg. In this collection he gave homage to the Alpine folklore style. Lagerfeld said, ‘the Austrian Fashion is really something immortal’. Even as a child he wore Trachten costumes. His parents always bought them in Austria.
Collection Metiers d’Arts
My Favorite Dirndl Designers
With all the stylish Spring/Summer events and parties coming up, it’s about time to start looking for the most beautiful and perfectly designed Dirndl. The one that fits like a glove and makes you look stunning. In this blog I share my favorite Dirndl designers with you. Hopefully the selection of images will get you all inspired to find your own favorite style.
I had the privilege to wear a KINGA MATHE dirndl to the Wiesn last year. I simply love this sophisticated and glamorous brand. The combination of the best Italian fabrics, the perfect fit, the rich details and the outstanding quality made me feel very elegant wearing it.
Below you find some items of the latest Spring/Summer collection. But I also love to show you items of the Fall/Winter 2015 collection already. Again this collection stands out in amazing color/fabric combinations. I wouldn’t know which one to choose, what about you? Kinga definitely knows what a girl wants, needs and how to make her look stunning!
At the young age of 13 Lena Hoschek tailored her first Dirndl, together with her grandmother Aloisia. They shared the passion for the traditional craft. By creating her own label ‘Lena Hoschek’ – in course of which she presents two Trachten collections for the ‘Lena Hoschek Tradition’ line – Lena honors the Tracht as a precious heritage. I am a big fan of her designs. Not only her ‘Tradition’ collections make me want to own a Hoschek dress one day. Her pret-a-porter collections and of course the famous bandeau skirts are masterpieces too. For her current S/S 2015 collection Hoschek has chosen to use beautiful silk jacquards, cotton prints from Austria and handmade ruffles combined with precious velvet ribbons.
You can tell that Daniel loves solid craftsmanship and there is no doubt that he has a sharp eye for details. He studied at the Deutsche Meisterschule for Fashion in München and was an assistant at atelier Vivienne Westwood in London, for a year. It’s the combination of tradition and modernity that make his creations so elegant and beautiful. Of course, they are all made by hand. Smart, modern, pure and stylish. These 4 words truly do justice to Daniel’s dirndls.
The Munich-based label Gottseidank shows a large diversity in their collections. The designers want fashion for women to be unique, modern and fresh. There are specific details that make a Gottseidank dirndl a must-have. Fabrics, cuts, dirndl skirts and cutouts are created in a way that they never miss their feminine effect. The dirndl designs are stunning, of course. But have a look at their white dirndl blouses. That specific refined and sleek ‘Schnitt’, so classy and elegant. You can tell it’s a Gottseidank.
I’m pretty sure that, once you’ve worn a Dirndl, you want to have one in your closet and wear it over and over again. I know, unfortunately there aren’t that many occasions for us Dutchies to wear dirndls yet. The good news is that nowadays we have our own Dutch Oktoberfest. In the south of The Netherlands – close to the German border – there is a town called Sittard. Thousands of people attend this huge event every year. I’ve heard – but still have to check it out myself – that it comes pretty close to the vibe of the Wiesn…..See you there? Or do we meet in München?
Sources, more info & photo credits
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Collection Metiers d’Arts
KINGA MATHE Trachten Couture
LENA HOSCHEK Tradition
DANIEL FELDNER Trachtencouture