To all garment technicians, customer advisers, stylists, designers, textile and fashion sewists, merchandisers, quality managers and colleagues, Berlin is definitely one of the biggest fashion metropolises in Europe.
The Berlin fashion industry consists of around 3,500 companies involved in the design, production, sale and export of textiles. More than 25,000 colleagues work in this industry.
Potential employers can be found in various sub-divisions. On the one hand you have the large online shops and platforms such as Zalando, Outfittery and Kleiderkreisel and on the other there are also renowned design studios such as Michael Michalski and Claudia Skoda. Another place to start your job search could also be with successful fashion labels such as lala Berlin. Alternatively, makers of accessories such as bags, glasses and jewellery as well as work clothes manufacturers are also based in Berlin. Examples of these brands include ic! Berlin, Mykita and also Sergeant Pepper.
Fashionistas who don’t have a specific fashion industry qualification also have job opportunities in the form of web developer and graphic designer jobs with lots of aspiring Berlin fashion start-ups. Event managers and stage technicians are also required for the numerous Berlin fashion events. Every year Berlin attracts almost 200,000 visitors to fashion trade fairs and conferences in the city. Find out more!
Research and science in Berlin’s fashion industry
Berlin has a wide research network in the area of fashion. This includes various institutes, associations and companies such as Haute, ProWear and IVAM. The focal points of Berlin research are:
- Material and technology innovations
- Developing future-orientated equipment for optimising work, production and medical processes
- Integrating electronics into textiles
The final aspect is facilitated by the innovative FashionTech and wearables sub-division, which is developing sustainable concepts that will determine the fashion world of the future. Over 50 companies in this sub-division are already located in Berlin. Begin your job search now! It will be worth your while.
Study and training opportunities in the fashion industry in Berlin
Berlin is a magnet for young fashion industry talent. Thanks to competitions such as “Start Your Fashion Business”, awards such as the Textil+Mode Innovationspreis (Textile+Fashion Innovations Prize) presented by the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry as well as other subsidy programmes, young designers in Berlin are able to create good networks, making it the perfect place for young founders who want to start up their own fashion business.
The capital has more than 13 fashion schools as well as other universities and colleges that offer degree courses in fashion and design. From fashion design, and fashion journalism and communication through to fashion management, in Berlin you can find the right course of study for a wide range of interests.
Study and training opportunities in the fashion industry
- BA in Fashion Design at HTW Berlin (German only)
- Study Product Design & Fashion Design at Berlin University of the Arts
- Study Fashion Management at the bbw Hochschule – University of Applied Sciences
- Study Fashion & Design at Weißensee Academy of Art
- Training directory for the field of fashion design (German only)