Weimar Fashion: Made in Germany

  • The November Gruppe / November Group established in December of 1918. Adapting their name from the German November Revolution, this motley crew of artists and architects professed themselves radical and revolutionary sharing socialist values. This was led by Max Pechstein and Cesar Klein. In 1921 they called for an end to ‘bourgeois development of artists’ ; this was signed by Otto Dix, Georg Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, Hannah Hoesch, Rudolf Schlichter, and Georg Scholz.
  • The Bauhaus from 1919–1933 was also a byproduct of the Weimar Era. The school conceptualized on egalitarian-minded principles with a vision of blending of mass production with high-minded, artistic design for every day, was founded by Walter Gropius. The institution had three schools in Dessau, Weimar, and Berlin. And similar to the matter-of-fact attitude of the New Objectivity the Bauhaus believed in an honest design where form follows function. Objects were designed to look like what they are with geometric and elegant shapes. Kitsch, scrollwork, and the personal touch or the ideas or feelings of the artist/ designer had no place here. Again. We’re moving AWAY from German expressionism of the Pre and Interwar years to a New, Unadulterated, Unfiltered, and honest way of perceiving the world in furniture, architecture, art, textiles, and in fashion.
  • Theater and Film. The Weimar Era is probably most known for its film. From classics like Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the history of film owes itself to Weimar. Fashion was naturally a major part of this and many of the trends and coveted styles from Berlin Departments’ stores would be showcased on the big screen. Later in this podcast, we will explore how film was a vehicle for promoting the fashion trends of the day.
  • Graphic Design

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