This weekend I watched the movie “Christiane F., Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (1981) for the second time. The movie is based on a true story about a German girl, Christiane Felscherinow, who lived in Berlin. The story is about her experimenting with drugs at an age of 12, to fit in with a group of older friends. At 14 she was addicted to heroin and worked as a prostitute at a Berlin train station (Bahnhof Zoo). I watched it for the first time when I was 11 or 12 years old and it made a deep impact on me then. After seeing that movie I thought drugs were disgusting and wanted to have nothing to do with it.
After reading some interviews with Kate Moss and Chloë Sevigney, in which they both mentioned Christiane F. as a style icon, I was curious about the looks in the movie and watched it again. After I saw it I couldn’t care less about the outfits, the story is so tragic and sad and made me aware how easy it is to become attracted to the “glamorous” side of drugs when you are young. And made me realise how sick it is that a skinny 14 year old girl, who prostitutes herself to be able to buy heroin, is considered an “icon”.
Natja Brunckhorst as Christiane and Thomas Haustein as Detlev.
The movie is absolutely brilliant because it captures the atmosphere of being young really well: wanting to wear your mother’s heels, going to gigs/disco’s for the first time, and falling in love with guys who treat you like shit….. Anyway, although I don’t want to advertise the junkie look for the reasons mentioned above, it’s nice to see what how people dressed in the late seventies. Not only Christiane, but also Detlev and their group of friends are all dressed simular nonchalant: skinny jeans, satin bomber jackets, waistcoats, skinnny belts and necksarves and lovely ankle boots.