I don't like dirndl very much, because I was not born in Austria, South Tyrol or Bavaria. A dirndl is a traditional peasant dress. Every traditional dirndl is typical for a specific region. Dirndl became popular in the 19th century among the upper class. Sadly it became even more popular during the period of National Socialism. Since the 1990s there is a revival, because dirndl is nowadays a party outfit during Oktoberfest in Munich/Bavaria for everybody. Since a couple of years Octoberfest is very popular and it’s celebrated nearly everywhere. Dirndl became a phenomen of mass culture.
But there are some events with a dress code. We were invited to the wedding of our friends. Everybody had to come in a traditional outfit. I was very unhappy, because a traditional handmade dirndl is as beautiful as it is expensive. I couldn’t afford such a dress – especially since it only would be worn for this occasion. So I ended up in a "costume" made for Oktoberfest – the festival in Munich/Germany.
This is one of the very few photos of me in this brown and light blue dirndl.
The bride (middle, she wears a Anna Plochl Dirndl) and her bride maids were real eye catchers. A traditional and handmade dirndl is incomparable to one of the rack.
I tried to evade every photographer but I didn’t escape my husband when we marched to the Knödl-Alm, where the reception took place. The only traditional pieces were my Docs. A dirndl and me don’t get along well with each other, I always look like a stuffed teddy or an angry animal in a cage.
A beautiful day with "Kaiserwetter" (weather made for the Emporer) and stunning surroundings.