Welcome to our very first VCC Member Profile! With Oktoberfest Brisbane just around the corner, and hosting our next Meet and Mingle this Thursday, what better way to begin our member profiles, than with Schnucki Dirndl + Lederhosen.
What does ‘Schnucki’ mean and how did Schnucki Dirndl + Lederhosen begin?
The word Schnucki is actually a term of endearment in German…it roughly translates to ‘Sweetie’ or ‘Darling’.
Schnucki started when another enjoyable Oktoberfest season proved that Australians love German culture, including wearing its traditional dress.
Passionate about their heritage, Regina and her daughter Kim seized the opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of the German National Dress.
The first season saw 20 or so dresses made. Additionally, they sourced Dirndls and Lederhosen from well-known brands in Germany to supplement the Exclusive Schnucki range.
Finally, in 2013, Schnucki opened its doors for the very first time at what is now Australia’s biggest German Cultural Festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane.
Schnucki has now grown to become Oktoberfest Brisbane’s official clothing partner with their range extending to over 65 varieties of Dirndls and over 20 models of Lederhosen, from kids to adults as well as all the accessories.
The ‘dirndl’ originated from the uniform of Austrian servants in the 19th century called ‘Dirndl-gwand’, meaning maid’s dress.
Lederhosen are shorts made of leather and may either be short/above the knee in length, called ‘Plattler’, or ¾ length Lederhosen finishing just below the knee called Kniebundhosen or Seppl.