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wandel made in mönchengladbach

Under the motto "Wandel", students from the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences will present their creations at the National Press Ball on 29 November 2019 at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin. The idea for this unique performance for the students came into life at the beginning of June 2019 on the occasion of the PolitFashion Night in Berlin. The Department of Textile and Clothing Technology of Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences convinced not only the NRW state father Armin Laschet, but also the representatives of Bundespresseball GmbH and one of this year's partners, the Gesamtverband textil+mode, with their fashion show.
In order to be able to present creative interpretations of this year's ball motto "Wandel", an internal university competition was initiated without further ado, from which 17 designs were selected. Young and fresh robes were created, which are all celebrated here. The all-embracing change is presented both by a targeted selection of raw materials and technical implementation: from structural change in NRW to climate change and the metamorphosis of insects, styles can now be seen that have been created using modern sustainable processes such as laser technology, zero waste knitting technology or digital printing. Eight of the styles were selected for the grand appearance by a diverse of experts.

Wandel made in Mönchengladbach!

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Maike Rabe, Director of the Research Institute of Textile and Clothing
Dipl.- Ing. Oliver Hess, coordination



Prof. Dr. Lutz Vossebein, Dean

Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences – and especially its Faculty Textile and Clothing Technology – are delighted to present a unique selection of students’ projects from different specialised fields at the National Press Ball.
Change takes place permanently and automatically, can be triggered or even occur by chance. The textile and clothing industry wants to leave as little as possible to chance and is currently setting the course for a sustainable fulfillment of human needs.
Education and research are, among others, very important elements that we as a university of applied sciences can contribute to this context. The students today are tomorrow’s workforce and will influence the development of the textile and clothing industry tremendously.
Each garment that our students will present during the National Press Ball interprets the topics change and sustainability, even though this might not be visible at first glance. I believe that this is the perfect proof that we have already initiated this change and that sustainability can be realised already today without any severe restrictions.

Bundespresseball Team

Change – what is capable of embodying it more than fashion? Forms, colours, cuts, selections of new and innovative materials, from every-day to avant-garde. Journalism also deals with change every day – when it reports on something new, on changes, on points of interest.
Change, it conjoins journalism and fashion. And once a year we even come together straightforwardly – at the National Press Ball. That's why we are delighted to be working with Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and its textile and clothing technology students.
Being smartly and elegantly dressed has always been part of the ball. In a competition the students thought about the motto "change", the ball and elegance. We are delighted that the best and most gorgeous evening dresses are worn at this ball - by their designers themselves, the students.
Here all applicants and their marvelous ideas are introduced. We wish you a lot of fun looking at these fresh design ideas.

I. Neumann, President of Gesamtverband t+m

The future is textile. You, the students of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology, impressively demonstrated this with your designs for sustainable fashion at the PolitFashionNight in June 2019.
With your outstanding designs, which were created for the university’s internal competition for the National Press Ball 2019, you underline this statement once again.
The weeks of work have paid off. The resulting solutions present the range and diversity of textiles and will set highlights at the National Press Ball.
Your creative ideas and the innovative production techniques used show how digitisation is changing our fashion. In a highly aesthetic way. Whether zero waste, 3D printing, digital printing – your models describe the changes in the clothing industry. Through your work you actively shape these changes.
I wish all students good ideas further on and above all the necessary commitment and courage to take unconventional paths.


Final Styles


Katerina Amprazi
Master Textile Produkte - Design
Cooperation partners:
1. Suedwolle Group
2. Helm-, Gruben- und Wetterlampe: Leihgabe ehemaliger Bergmänner

A transformable ball gown with winding towers and a suit inspired by the miners' work clothes. Both knitted from fine merino wool and a yarn of 60 % silk and 40 % steel. The skirt of the dress shows 9 different winding towers, based on the industrial photography of Bernd & Hilla Becher. The designs are completed by a 3D printed winding tower as hair accessory / fascinator and laser cut brooches for the gentleman.
The past of the region newly interpreted in an elegant way/fashion/manner.

Models:Katarina Amprazi + Raffael Ciric

back to nature
Back to Nature ...

Marina Miller
Design-Ingenieur - Mode

The affnity with nature motivated the creation of this dress, which is made of the natural fibre silk in combination with fibres and design elements made of recycled polyester. Sea, waves and mother-of-pearl served as a source of inspiration. The timeless design of the one-shoulder dress adorns the wearer in a sustainable way and does not subject her to the fast-paced fashion change. At the same time traditional and manual manufacturing techniques like embroidering smart textiles through the integration of electroluminescent, self-illuminating elements contrast this and generate a lively look.

Model: Marina Miller


Marie Kuehl
Design-Ingenieur - Textil
Michèle Lemper
Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - Produktentwicklung
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In this dress, metamorphosis as one form of change becomes obvious through the transformation of a caterpillar from a cocoon to a winged insect. Through this the designers draw attention to the technological changes in the textile and clothing industry – like the laser cutter and ultra-sonic welding as digital and resources-efficient processing techniques – at the same time.
The digitally-structured fabrics of the dress allow a constant adaptation to the movements of the wearer and symbolically express change through textile multi-colour effects and colour plays.

Model: Michèle Lemper


Aline Homscheid
Design-Ingenieur - Textil + Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - Produktentwicklung

Inspired by the peacock, this evening gown was created under the motto "change". For this, an allover print was designed and realized using digital printing technology. This makes it easier than ever to print quickly and accurately, saving resources also in the fashion sector. The robe can be redesigned by the wearer and adapted to various occasions through changeability. The print motif draws attention to an endangered animal species. Its home is Asia where clothing are often produced under undignified working conditions. We need change!

Model: Aline Homscheid

feel the ocean
Feel the Ocean

Katalin Keresztes
Design-Ingenieur - Mode

The project Feel the Ocean deals with the problem of marine pollution and shows that it is possible to introduce environmentally-friendly and sustainable evening wear to the red carpet. The design is characterized by a zero-waste sectional drawing. Thus, the full textile is used and there is no waste. The pattern was placed on the fabric surface in such a way that it runs through several pattern sections without any interruption. Since the outer fabric and the lining are both printed, the evening dress can be worn on either side and is suitable for various occasions.

Model: Katalin Keresztes

schicht im schacht
Schicht im Schacht

Antonia Dannenberg
Design-Ingenieur - Mode + Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - Textile Technologien

The idea of the evening dress emanates from my childhood experience of structural changes in the Ruhr area – from the coal and steel industry to environmental renaturation and cultivation. These changes are reflected in the colours, lines and cuts. The colours black and grey as well as clear geometric lines are exemplary for the industrial Ruhr area on the one hand, and then blue & white and organic forms and structures for the renaturation of the landscape as well as the transformation to a culture and knowledge region on the other hand. The flowing transition between the two parts gives expression to these changes and transformations.

Model: Antonia Dannenberg

Liberté Égalité Sexualité

Leona Hülser
Design-Ingenieur - Textil

The classic structure of the “power authority jacket” is broken up and replaced by a unisex version. It symbolizes the individuality of each human being and the desire for acceptance and tolerance. At the same time design demands for a change in role models and total emancipation which will be reached when humans approach each other without any prejudice and discrimination. Through emission-free transfer print textiles made of wool and polyester are printed true to pattern size, resulting in only a minimum of waste.
One jacket for more: Liberté Égalité Sexualité.

Models: Agnes Rusin + Arthur Abraham

knitted wool couture
Knitted Wool Couture

Maia Kesseler
Caroline Liehr

Alumni Master Textile Produkte - Design
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Cooperation partners: Marc Cain GmbH, Woolmark International

The dress is made of 100 % merino wool in combination with Lurex-effect yarn was created by Maia Kesseler and Caroline Liehr during the Wool School Project, tendered by Woolmark International.
The evening outfit with its colour gradient and knitted, glossy and matt surfaces was developed to the topic “Knitted Wool Couture”. Clear forms meet draped structures that create a modern, elegant look. The multifunctional raw material wool is shown in its tremendous versatility and proves that it is also suitable for sustainably beautiful, sophisticated innovations in evening wear.

Model: Jenny Bürger


Julia Scheele
Design-Ingenieur - Mode, Alumni seit 9/19
Cooperation partner: Epson Deutschland GmbH

The floor-length dress and the cape topicalise the pollution of the oceans. The cape shows oil streaks on water. This beguiling blaze of colours is printed onto semi-transparent polyester fabric, covering the dress at first. On closer inspection, dead fish emerge on a black background, their death a result of oil pollution.
To the beholder this combination conveys that a serious threat to living creatures and their habitat lies behind the deceptive beauty of our consumption.
The design was realized with sustainable sublimation print.

Model: Julia Scheele

COR - waste to value

Melissa Grustat
Master Textile Produkte - Design

The insert at the back of the elegant jumpsuit and the accessories are made from a polyethylene foam film that is used in vast amounts as furniture packaging. A thermal treatment gives material a new look. Additionally, its formness increases which makes the material sew- and washable. Also, the belt-buckle was manufactured in an innovative way: It was designed with 3D-computer software and afterwards 3D-printed. The photochromic properties of the filament make the white belt-buckle appear violet under UV light.

Model: Luisa Verbocket

virtual world
Virtual World

Lucy Mbugua
Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - Produktentwicklung

Virtual product development is becoming increasingly important in the apparel industry, enabling cost, material and time savings. The cooperation of the players in the textile value chain is accelerated from raw material to trade and at the same time secured. In this dress, the African roots of the designer are juxtaposed with digital, resource-efficient processes in the form of traditional fabrics. Thus, the dress demonstrates how there can be put a stop to low-paid jobs as well as the exploitation of human and natural resources in Asia and Africa via technology.

Model: Alina Böckenfeld


Nora Sproten
Design-Ingenieur - Mode

The photographically captured moment of the mixing of two drops of ink dipping into water, digitally elaborated and deliberately placed via inkjet, refines this evening dress made of certified organic silk satin.
Ink dripping into water, swirling in the fractions of seconds is the epitome of change. Thus, this dress is a message to society: evolution is indispensable, yet not necessarily predictable or exactly reproducible due to a variety of external conditions. But the pure attempt to bring about change is refreshing and displays a certain aesthetics.

Model: Nora Sproten


Aline Homscheid
Design-Ingenieur - Textil + Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - Produktentwicklung

Greed steers the fashion industry towards the limits of irresponsibility with environmental damage and exploitation as negative spin-offs. The snow leopard, a species threatened with extinction, is the godfather of this dress and symbolizes the destruction of nature. At the same time, the change in the way wild animals are treated shows that consistent protection saves a species. The drawing of its fur was captured creatively, digitally
processed and applied in a soft course by means of transfer printing with low emissions. The evening gown is variable and can be changed to new looks by its wearer.

Model: Aline Homscheid

tod in venedig
Der Tod in Venedig

Nora Sproten
Design-Ingenieur - Mode
Cooperation partner: Madeira Garnfabrik

This dress, made of the precious fabrics cotton velvet and silk, as well as the embroidery applied by hand, represents Venice at its heyday in the 15th century and calls for the protection of the lagoon city. Tourist hordes are threatening the city, the blast waves of cruise ships are a constant threat to the architecture and through the rising of the sea level the city is in danger to fall prey to climate change. Restrictions on shipping and tourist passes will regulate the number of visitors to the city as well as their duration of stay and their whereabouts in the future. This is how Venice sets an example for us: by rethinking our culture and living space can be preserved.

Model: Nora Sproten

alge zu ball
Von der Alge zum Ball

Lousia Raschke
Master Textile Produkte - Design

The eyesome balll gown bears a secret (ingredient): sea algae!
The fibre SeaCellTM a cellulosic fibre concentrated with sea algae, protects the skin from environmental influences and releases vital substances in correlation with skin moisture. It is combined in the dress with a fabric made of certified silk. The theme of the sea is interpreted by the shape of a shell in the top and the wave-like flowing silk fabric in the skirt, supported by a water- and foam-like colouring.
With this innovative ball gown, a new way of thinking is called for.

Model: Louisa Raschke

marine landscapes
marine landscapes

Katerina Amprazi
Master Textile Produkte - Design
Cooperation partners:
Manifattura Igea spa
Pitti Imagine Filati
Consorzio Promozione Filati

Our planet is covered by water to 90 %, but ever so unfortunately the oceans are developing into a sea of plastic. To draw the attention to the negative effects of pollution the project with the title “Marine Landscapes” presents a symbiosis of human being and maritime environment. This outfit was created during the international knitting competition “Feel The Yarn”, for the “Pitti Imagine Filati” fair in Florence.
The hand crocheted coral reef structures were complemented with plastic elements to reflect the situation in the sea. The remaining surfaces were finished using the latest knitting technology.

Model: Katerina Amprazi

Smoking Amazonas

Eva Emmermann
Design-Ingenieur - Textil

In this project the term "tuxedo" is to be understood literally and shows the severe problem of climate change caused by the burning of the Amazon rainforest.
With the aid of sustainable laser engraving, the black denim surface of the tuxedo was processed. It depicts clouds of smoke that become flames on the shawl collar through laser cutting. The flames “go to the head" of the wearer and symbolize emergency.
Within the tuxedo jacket there is hope – the intact and colourful forest can be spotted here as a printed lining.

Model: Raffael Ciric

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