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IMAGES IN FASHION – CLOTHING IN ART

Fashion | May 3, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © Harry Schnitger

Images in Fashion – Clothing in Art: Photography, Fine Arts, and Fashion since 1900
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
February 18 – May 30, 2022

Fashion and art are mirrors of social changes and individual needs. In the collection of the Berlinische Galerie, this theme is present in surprising and diverse ways. In addition to numerous fashion photographs spanning the twentieth century, just as many paintings and drawings testify to the role of fashion as a means of expression and representation of a particular era: from the reform dress around 1900 and the Dada dandies of the 1920s to avant-garde clothing designs in contemporary art.

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © Harry Schnitger

On this broad basis and with loans of selected pieces of clothing, approximately 270 exhibits shed light on artists’ relationship to fashion. What role has fashion played in the painting, drawing, and photography of the past century? With what rules were clothing and costumes employed in fine art? How did artists dress and present themselves then and now? How is fashion used as a medium in contemporary art?

In 1903, Anna Muthesius, the protagonist of the reform movement in Germany, published her text “Das Eigenkleid der Frau” (“Women’s Own Dress”). She rejected the constricting corset of women’s clothing and advocated fashion that followed the natural shape of the body. Muthesius also saw herself as an ambassador with her own clothing. Particularly in the 1920s, fashion illustrations for the rapidly growing magazine market were an important means of expression and income for women artists. Jeanne Mammen, for example, made a name for herself in the second half of the 1920s with her watercolors depicting society scenes, which illustrate how women presented themselves fashionably on the street, in cafés, or at a masked ball.

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © Wiebke Siem

The perfect combination of image and dress was achieved in a famous fashion photograph by Herbert Tobias from 1954: Surrounded by war ruins, the model Irmgard Kunde presents a magnificent evening gown by the German fashion designer Heinz Oestergaard, which is exhibited together with the photograph. In the 1980s, dilapidated buildings were not only backdrops for the self-designed fashion of the artistic bohemians of Prenzlauer Berg, but also liberal places to live – captured in photographs by Sibylle Bergemann, among others.

In the era of modernism, artists’ clothing was not limited to painters’ smocks. In Berlin in 1929, the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann posed in front of August Sander’s camera in his self-designed “Oxford bags”. Hannah Höch, who worked as a draughtswoman for the handicrafts department of the Ullstein publishing house between 1916 and 1926, created embroidery designs that she also used as motif sources for her collages. The exhibition presents a cross-section of Höch’s work.

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

In Berlin in the 1980s, it was artists such as Elvira Bach and Claudia Skoda combined art and self-dramatization via clothing. The queer photographer Rolf von Bergmann became an important chronicler of the Berlin scene and bequeathed to the Berlinische Galerie numerous items of clothing from his own performances, which are now being staged in the museum for the first time.

Contemporary artists such as Wiebke Siem, Ursula Sax, and Alexandra Hopf, who use clothing as sculptural or performative material, operate within the art system, although they appropriate motifs from the world of fashion. With her textile objects and installations, Alexandra Hopf interprets historical sources, such as the Constructivist uniform clothing designed after the Russian Revolution by artists such as Varvara Stepanova, Vladimir Tatlin, and Alexander Rodchenko.

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © Harry Schnitger

For the exhibition, the artist realizes Raoul Hausmann’s “Oxford bags” as a textile objects. This resulted in a study of this garment, its creation, and its use. Alexandra Hopf developed an installation from this, which restages the garment by means of color, movement, light, and sound.

more. www.berlinischegalerie.de

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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Foto: Alexandra Hopf
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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © Stiftung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg; Repro: Anja Elisabeth Witte
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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
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Image courtesy of Berlinische Galerie | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Repro: Dietmar Katz

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