Bavaria’s traditional dirndl dress is seeing a revival as Germany’s fashionable set embrace the laced-up look.
The counterpart to men’s lederhosen, those leather knickers with bright suspenders, the dirndl dress has an apron, full skirt, and plunging neckline synched with laces. Today’s dirndl look is often topped with a rakishly plumed wool Bavarian hipster hat. One top maker of traditional Bavarian clothing said it sold about 16,000 dirndls last year, a 750 percent jump from 2002. Let’s see if Heidi Klum stalks the season’s runways in one.
—Diane Richard, writer, October 2
Photo: Armin Smailovic for theInternational Herald Tribune
Source: MELISSA EDDY, “Dirndl, Dress of Past, Makes a Comeback in Bavaria,” New York Times, September 28, 2013