Episode 5— The Sixties, Sibylle & the Berlin Wall — PT 2
Hello and thank you so much for tuning into this week’s episode which you can also find here.
As promised, you can find my bibliographic references, terms/translations and images to accompany this week’s episode as well as images from Off the Wall, by Guenter Rubitsch below.
Off the Wall: Fashion from East Germany, 1964 to 1980, Guenter Rubitzsch. Bloomsbury, 2005
Selected images. No dates indicated.
Featured poem from this episode about scarcity & lack of availabity or connections to products & clothing.
Beim Konsume keine Tante
In the Konsum store no aunt
Beim HO keine Verwante
In the HO store no relatives
Aus dem Westen kein Paket
From the West no Package
Und da frage Sie mir noch wie es mir geht
And you still ask me how I’m doing
(Source: Fashioning Socialism)
Sibylle Bergemann — photographer who joins Sibylle in 1969. Goes on to define the publication with her mysterious, austere & evocative images.
Plattenbau — “Platte” in this context, means panel / “Bau” means building this was a standarized housing complex seen throughout the German Democratic Republic and in the editorial “Trikotagen”
VEB Massatelier — state-owned clothing workshop/factory which produced garments for the HO which also included “hoch modisch” highly fashionable garments that were sold anywhere.
VEB Exquisit — state-owned clothing workshop/factory which produced garments for the Exquisit store.
Episode 5 References
Kraser, Andreas et. al., eds. Sibylle: Zeitschrift fuer Mode und Kultur 1956–1995 (Rostock: Hartmann, 2017)
Melis, Dorothea. Sibylle: Modefotografien 1962–1994 (Leipzig: Lehmstedt Verlag, 2010)