Organised by legendary Munich party brand SubRosaDictum, Avantgardista 2018 will again use the main day (Saturday) of its three-day programme to combine a ten-hour alt-fashion fair and runway show at Munich’s Kohlebunker venue with an edition of the organiser’s famous Space Intruders fetish party right next door.
Avantgardista launched last year as a new concept in fetish fashion events. The idea was to showcase alternative clothing and accessory designers to the fashion-conscious German public (and especially those from the wealthy Munich area) in an artistic, stylish and non-threatening way.
It would distance itself from the usual type of fetish fair, market or expo, by creating a brightly-lit ‘exhibition’ environment in which designers were encouraged to display a few of their most eye-catching pieces as works of wearable art, more or less.
This space (in which the fashion shows would also take place) was christened the Showroom to emphasise the idea of an elegant room in which sales could be made and orders taken, but without the crowded clothes rails and cluttered tables more often associated with fetish fairs.
This year’s event will feature more than 30 designers (a 50 percent increase on last year) and a model contingent that has already topped 130 and is still growing.
Extra space for the increased number of exhibitors will apparently be created by liberating the ‘backstage’ area used as the dressing room last year. This year’s dressing space will, we hear, be ‘under canvas’.
Latex fashion will be well represented at Avantgardista 2018, along with garments in other fetish fabrics including vegan leather.
There’ll also be a substantial choice of accessories on display, from shoes, boots and gloves to headpieces and jewellery.
Unsurprisingly, a substantial number of the participating labels are German, as before. But as the organiser correctly anticipated, the second edition of Avantgardista has also attracted considerably more international names.
Foreign brands include both the USA’s ExxEss Latex (invited back after their 2017 appearance) and Kurage from Japan — two latex labels that have had massive impacts on the catwalks of major European fetish events in recent years.
There are also four UK brands participating — up from just one last year.
There is a change of partner hotel for the Avantgardista 2018 weekend, with the three-star Motel One München Parkstadt-Schwabing replacing last year’s Leonardo Royal.
The Motel One is considerably closer to the Avantgardista venue (just two stops on the u-Bahn) and the €79 per night room rates should be a bit more accessible for those on a budget.
The change of hotel also means that Friday night’s Meet&Greet, which took place in the Leonardo’s bar last year, moves this year to the Kohlebunker where the main Avantgardista event is held.
This move also coincides with another innovation: on Friday the Showroom will open at 7pm for three hours, prior to the main Showroom day on Saturday.
The Meet&Greet will run from 8pm on Friday in the same space, providing an opportunity to mingle with designers, models, organising team members and other participants in a casual atmosphere.
In another programme change, Saturday’s Showroom at the Kohlebunker will open two hours earlier, at midday, and close at 10pm, when the after-party starts.
Exhibitors will doubtless welcome not having to staff their stands for two hours after the start of the party!
The fashion shows in the Showroom are due to start at around 7pm. They’ll be presented again by the bilingual team of Fräulein Katzentanz and Ian Dutton, who did such a sterling job last time.
At the moment we don’t know how many of the 30+ participants will actually appear on the catwalk, or how many individual shows there’ll be.
But even with some pairing-up of clothing and accessory labels, there’ll almost certainly be more shows than last year.
However, if the show schedule is as tightly organised as it was in 2017, a decent pace should still be achievable, especially if the time given to onstage introductions can be shortened a bit.
We love MCs Ian Dutton and Fräulein Katzentanz, but one intro per three labels rather than one for every individual label might be worth considering.
Germany will this year provide 18 brands. The first six, in A-Z order, are: AIO Fashion (Berchtesgaden), Arcane Accessories (Bad Homburg), benno von stein (Stockach), Chronomatic Luxury Latex Wear (Berlin), Cici Tiara (Berlin) and Cochaine (Berlin)
Then come: Fernando Berlin (Berlin), GoldPiercingArt (Laufen), Maniac Latex (Berlin), Maripaux (Schoneiche), Marquis Fashion (Solingen), Rohmy Ropework Couture (Karlsruhe).
The last six from Germany are Rosengarn (Geilenkirchen), Schnittmuskel (Karlsruhe), Tatjana Warnecke (Berlin), Tight Laced (Berlin) YourShape (Hattingen) and 6imSinn (Bad Nauheim).
The UK comes next with four designers: Amentium (Liverpool), Chained & Stoned (Margate), Engineers of Desire (London) and Figure of A (London).
Austria is fielding two labels this year: GlanzGlück and RubbErik, both of which are based in Vienna.
The remaining participants are Etere (Brest, Belarus), ExxEss Latex (Tacoma, WA, USA), Hebi Corsets (Genoa, Italy), Kurage (Tokyo, Japan), Rubbella (Feanwâlden, Netherlands) and The Custom Boot & Shoe Company (Paphos, Cyprus).
An additional highlight will be an exhibition by renowned photographic artist Sven Hoffmann of images from his book Strenge Damen II (Strict Ladies II).
The Space Intruders after-party hosted by SubRosaDictum will fire up in the adjoining Kesselhaus building — a cavernous ex-industrial space — as the Showroom closes.
Space Intruders was a major event in its own right before Avantgardista was created. Its new companion role as the big party of the fashion weekend gives visitors a great chance to test the danceworthiness of new outfits in a proper fetish dresscode clubbing environment.
There will be various sideshows including an Avantgardista stage at Space Intruders. (Last year, rather in the style of Prince, ExxEss Latex put on a second show there after their big ‘official’ show earlier in the evening.)
DJs lined up for Space intruders are Annie O, DJ Gillian and DJ Shady Miles.
The Avantgardista 2018 weekend is scheduled to finish as before with a Chill Out gathering on Sunday 21. No details are available yet but it will most likely be at the Kohlebunker as before.
The enthusiasm with which fetish models (aka ‘fashionistas’) have been signing up for this year’s event is a good indicator that Avantgardista is on course to become the European fetish fashion industry’s top autumn fixture.
This year’s Avantgardista will feature among its model contingent many familiar faces from major European weekends: people such as Cat Atonia, Cassidy Rose, Dutch Dame, Elena Lovebite, Hibiki, Honeyhair, July Shine, Kari Berg, Mary Jale, Sakura Sun, Sarathustra, Satoria and Sinteque.
But the event is also a draw for many more models, especially from the south of Germany, who don’t get to weekends like the German Fetish Ball. They may be less well-known internationally, but still have plenty to offer.
The Avantagardista 2018 weekend takes place from Friday October 19 to Sunday 21 at the Kohlebunker, Lilienthalallee 35, 80939 Munich, Germany.
The Space Intruders party takes place in the adjoining Kesselhaus building, which for convenience is treated as part of number 35.
Tickets for the Avantgardista Showroom (no dresscode) on Saturday October 20 cost €15 inc tax plus €2 handling fee. They’re available both in advance and on the door.
Tickets for Space Intruders cost €58 inc tax plus €2 handling fee, while a combined ticket for Avantgardista and Space Intruders is also available at €70 inc tax.
Tickets are available from the Avantgardista ticket page (link below) and should soon be available from a variety of authorised resellers (mainly fetish stores) in Munich, other parts of Germany including Berlin, and Vienna.
A full list of ticket outlets can be found on the SubRosaDictum website (link below), where you can also find the Space Intruders fetish dresscode. Tickets for Space Intruders can only be purchased in advance.