Fashion Week in the GDR

Levi’s jeans? Short skirts? A designer dress? Those were items fashion lovers in the GDR could only dream of. Western fashion was a no-go in the socialist country and there wasn’t any money for high-quality fabrics. Clothes were also part of the planned economy, which meant that the designs were never up-to-date. But that didn’t mean that the love of fashion didn’t reach the GDR. Young boys and girls saw TV stars from the West wearing outfits they couldn’t find in their country – so they got creative.

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