The German Look -
advanced TEXTILE solutions

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Smart Textile - smart mobile - Fashion Statements

by Prof. Dr. Marina-Elena Wachs

Hochschule Niederrhein - university of applied sciences
Fachbereich Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik - faculty of textile and clothing technology

The interdisciplinary project „The German Look - advanced TEXTILE solutions", which will be presented in 2015, will show a collection of several BA- and MA-student projects and research works of Master students, in the following topics:

I. Smart Textile and Mobility in Fashion: SMART FASHION („creative processing")
II. Luxury and sustainability: „White World"
III. Design concepts...for a better world
IV. Textile Porcelain
V. Smart mobility to go
VI. Kids World - (textile) patterns connecting generations (and special groups in design)

THE CHALLENGE for the students exists in defining the typical character of each cultural design codes, in combination with discussing the terms „Luxury" and „Mobility", „Sustainability" and „Smart Textile" for example in Fashion AND automotive interior design for advanced design solutions for tomorrow. Forecasting trends in smart textiles, like the actual discussed terms about „Biocouture" and „Green Smarts", are only two small aspects about research projects in a new material world...
„Upside downing" in up-cycling design and redesign of handcraft techniques demonstrating the range of parameters in the case of sustainability...
With the look at the German style and for example in comparing with Scottish- or Italian fashion design codes or with the craftsman's knowledge, we will demonstrate „The German Look" in connecting cultural heritage of fashion design and handcraft power with 3-D techniques ...

Media: Exhibition catalogue and film see downloads.

please feel invited to contact:
Prof. Ellen Bendt -
Prof. Dr. Marina-Elena Wachs -

Book of photographs and international statements

The Book "The German Look at Design - advanced textile solutions" is now available:
Book of photographs presenting interdisciplinary projects of German design talents accompanied by statements of international professional authors, in three languages: German, English, Italian, 160 pages.

please contact the responsible professors:
Marina Wachs <>
Ellen Bendt <>

pictures to topic I, II and III (from left to right)

picture to topic I (M.E. Wachs, 2014):
Master student: Lara Leetz, research project: „Green Smarts transdisziplinär: Fischschuppen und bionische Strukturen als Inspiration für Mode- und Automotive Interior -Design“

picture to topic II (Liehr/Striebel, 2014):
Master student: Caroline Liehr in cooperation with M.Sc. Julia Striebel, Master thesis: „This is why!“

picture to topic III (Witt, 2014):
Master student: Laura Witt, study work for design theory: „Remember Mali - Aufmerksamkeit als neuer Luxus (Adidas inspired)“

pictures to topic IV, V and VI (from left to right)

picture to topic IV (M.E. Wachs, 2014):
Master student: Miriam Adler, Master thesis: „Lustgrund“

picture to topic V (Winkelmann, 2014):
Master student: Verena Winkelmann, study work for innovative product design „Adrift“

picture to topic VI (Niedenzu, 2014)
Bachelor student: Carla Niedenzu, study work „Kinderkimonokilt - Inspiration Scottish and Japanese pattern“