The Fashion Council Germany and its four pillars

The FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY was founded in 2015. It is a special interest group for German fashion. The objective is to promote and establish German fashion as a cultural and economic asset as is normal in countries such as United Kingdom and France.

This is achieved through specific support for young German talent with a joint management of national activities, strengthening the awareness of German design at home and abroad. The awareness of German fashion and German designers has to be improved. National industry has to be interconnected with German fashion designers and startups.

The FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY is the point of contact for German fashion design with the responsibility of the political, media, cultural and industrial lobby work.



The advanced training for designers and young designers is a central issue of the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY. Examples are through mentoring, coaching, advanced training, presentations and workshops with expert panels.


The importance of economics is emphasised as a central point by the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY. Fashion companies will be supported, particularly in the economic field, through network management, support in shows, finding investors, retail projects and staff recruitment.


German fashion must acquire a stronger position as an important cultural commodity. Fashion and designers will be better positioned nationally and internationally through increased press, publicity and lobby work.


Modern technology isn’t reserved for the classical industrial branches, but also have a wide range of uses in the fashion industry, such as fibre studies (trials) networking in technology and textile, printing techniques along with the use of digital presence.


The Steering Committee advises and represents the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY with strategic and content related themes. The president of the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY is Christiane Arp. The extended Steering Committee consists of Chris Stricker, Christina Oster-Daum, David Fischer, Dirk Schönberger, Dr. Christian Ehler, Inga Griese, John Cloppenburg, Manuela Kampp-Wirtz, Nadja Swarovski und Sung-Joo Kim.


The FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY is managed by the Board, which consists of the chairmen, as well as a deputy chairwoman. Deputy chairwoman is Mandie Bienek. The other chairmen are Marie-Louise Berg, Claudia Hofmann, Marcus Kurz and Olaf Schmidt.


The operations team is responsible for the implementation of the programmes, projects and actions, as well as all further activities of the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY. Scott Lipinski (CEO), Katrin Düde (Accouting), Louisa Klementz (Projects), Leonie Arau (Projects), Anaïs Eleni Papafoti (Communications), Lena Wagner (Programmes & Projects), Julienne Winkler (Support) and Anna Gutman (Members) are part of the operations team.


The members of the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY don’t just profit from the various programmes they contribute to and develop further. The members are as diverse as the German fashion industry itself. Among designers, large fashion companies, retailers, stylists, sales and PR Agencies, journalists and fashion conscious companies are also represented.

The organisation of the FCG

The FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY consists of various components and people, which significantly shape, influence and steer the Council. Along with the presidium, the board and the operations team, the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY is dependent on its members and partners, who contribute to the growth and success of the FCG.

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There are several ways to support the FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY in its cause – either as a member or partner, or – in a more active role – as a member of our operations team or as a mentor for our various development plans. a member

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