At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

on 30/09/10 at 4:22 pm

Booze News

Surrounded by the bratwurst stands and beer wagons of Oktoberfest, Alexandra Coroian, a 24-year-old Romanian in pigtails, pulls at the ruffle of her short scarlet dirndl, exposing a black lace petticoat underneath.

“I really like these costumes,” she says, demonstrating how she hacked off the bottom half of the traditional dress. “I think I’ll wear it many more times. It looks so nice.”

Long the preserve of fräuleins and Alpine cultural enthusiasts, dirndls and lederhosen have become an international fashion trend in recent years, inspiring ever bolder iterations that purists say are transforming their proud heritage into a vulgar caricature.

The front line of this battle runs through the Wiesn, the 100-acre fairgrounds in the center of Munich that is home to Oktoberfest, the city’s 17-day fete of beer, wurst and schnapps that is marking its 200th anniversary this year.

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