06.01.2021 Conference

202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit

Berlin starts 2021 with a new collective fashion format

With the digital format 202030 - The BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT, Berlin will start the new year strengthened as the location for sustainability, innovation and creativity in fashion in January for Fashion Week. As part of the reorientation of Berlin Fashion Week, studio MM04 is organising a new collective content format in collaboration with Sqetch and the Beneficial Design Institute with the aim of creating and promoting forward-looking fashion systems. International and local experts and leaders from the fashion industry, science, business, education, politics, art as well as the technology sector are invited to the 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit, which consists of two parts: The Pop Up Think Tank (7 - 14 January) and the Summit (22 - 24 January). Berlin is calling for the new "Golden Twenties" to be the decade of change for the fashion industry: 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT will create an interdisciplinary platform that empowers the creative avant-garde, critical protagonists of the grassroots movement and representatives from different industries to jointly conceive and implement new approaches and visions.

"We see the challenge in finding solutions to the complex needs of the diverse fashion industry, consumer cultures, innovation-driven sustainability and technology development. Therefore, knowledge exchange, translation between different disciplines and especially collaboration between stakeholders is crucial" - Max Gilgenmann, studio MM04.

By involving experts from different disciplines, the 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT focuses on stimulating a visionary, creative and inspiring dialogue. The aim is to bridge existing innovations and the industry with a multi-stage process and to shape concrete tangible connections and solutions for a more sustainable future of fashion. The digital format consists of two parts: the Pop Up Think Tank (7 - 14 January) and the Summit (22 - 24 January). The Pop Up Think Tank serves as the first experimental and preparatory part and includes three workshops with high-profile experts. To ensure an open exchange of ideas and promote meaningful discussions, the workshops will be held in a non-public setting. The focus will be on the future of fashion as culture, the fashion industry and fashion as a product, and the systemic issues that go along with them, which will be examined from different angles in the workshops. 

Selected participants include:

  • Leslie Holden / Co-Founder The Digital Fashion Group 
  • Cornelia Kangur / CEO For Future's Sake 
  • Evelyn Mora / Founder of Helsinki Fashion Week 
  • Stefan Siegel / CEO Not Just A Label 
  • Melissa Drier / Fashion Journalist 
  • Ivana Perbi-Ohlheiser / Founder Wardrobe Affaire
  • Magnus Dorsch / Senior Project Manager About You 
  • Viktoria Kanar / Co-Founder Re-Fresh Global 
  • Giancarlo Pazzanese / Senior Lecturer Amsterdam Fashion Academy 
  • Huang Damur / Founder Damur 

The Summit is the main part of the format and opens the dialogue to a wider and public audience. Each Summit day will be dedicated to one of the topics of the workshops #1 Fashion Culture, #2 Fashion Economy and #Fashion Product. Individual workshop participants will present the results of the Pop Up Think Tank. In addition, inspiring keynotes will be held, followed by presentations of "best practices".

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Bandana Tewari (Lifestyle Journalist & Sustainability Activist)
  • Matthew Drinkwater (Head of Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London)
  • Michael Braungart (Co-Founder Cradle to Cradle Design Concept)

Finally, a panel discussion will summarise the day's insights and identify forward-looking solutions as well as guidelines for future practices in the fashion industry. With its name and content concept, the 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT is dedicated to a decade that even before the pandemic was referred to and postulated by many as the transformative twenties. The Covid 19 pandemic and the resulting economic shutdowns have posed unprecedented challenges to the fashion industry and demonstrated once again that the current outdated system on which the fashion industry is built cannot remain as it is. To accelerate the change to a greener, more sustainable fashion system, it is necessary to use all available resources, potentials and visions. The German capital, known for its vibrant creativity and local cross-disciplinary experts, offers perfect conditions to understand and discuss the status quo.

"Berlin stands for diversity, individuality and zeitgeist not only in the fashion sector. The important topics of sustainability and the circular economy have also long since taken root here. Thanks to countless sustainable brands, shops, initiatives, pioneers and a steadily increasing number of sensitised shoppers, Berlin is the vibrant capital of sustainable fashion. I am pleased that we are adding another important component to the Berlin Fashion Week with the new Fashion Summit on future and sustainability topics. What is special is that we are developing a common understanding of sustainability for Berlin and Berlin Fashion Week with the organisers and fashion labels, which we want to expand step by step. Let us surprise you!" - Ramona Pop, Mayor and Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry

Further information and an updated programme can be found here.

To participate in 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT you can register here.