Whose Bauhaus Is It Anyway? P1 & 2

Gisela’s fair colleciton, Sibylle, East Berlin (1960 №5) Illustrations based of of the operetta from Leipzig. Image used as a comparison for Kosmos Kino (directly below) Source: Bartlett, Fashion East
Kino Kosmos
Cafe Moskau
“Summer Time” Praktische Mode, Leipzig 1963 no. 6. Image used to compare visual similarities with Kino Kosmos (above)
“Industriestadt Bitterfeld” Sibylle, 4/1964. Source: Sibylle: Zeitschrift fuer Mode und Kulture 1956–1995
“Industriestadt Bitterfeld” Sibylle, 4/1964. Source: Sibylle: Zeitschrift fuer Mode und Kulture 1956–1995
Chemnitz City Hall Source: Haspel, Joerg & Dumitru Rusu, Socialist Modernism in Germany, BACU, 2019
Polyester Gestrick, Sibylle, Roger Melis, ca 1960 Source: GDR Objectified
Image of Plattenbau Source: BPD
The Ratiokusche or Ratio Kitchen, was a scientifically ordered kitchen which was seen as a machine for living in East Germany — Source: Eli Rubin, The Form of Socialism without Ornament: Consumption, Ideology, and the Fall and Rise of Modernist Design in the German Democratic Republic
“Mode im jungen Berlin”, Sibylle, 4/1962, Arno Fischer Source: Sibylle: Zeitschrift fuer Mode und Kulture 1956–1995
  • Sibylle’s Fall, 1962 editorial photographed by Arno Fischer, Herbstmode in Berlin -fall fashion in berlin
  • w/ the sub caption
  • 3 models one in a skirt suit with chunky geographic florals with thick lines
  • A sack suit with a pillbox hat
  • Now if we look at a 1962 issue of Praktische Mode we come across a slew of dresses. One features a graphic floral pattern similar and has a similar busy energy and graphic structure of the rounded lines from Cafe Moskau’s mural.
  • In another fashion photograph, you see a gradient striped dress with horizontal shapes. This echoes a similar linear movement of the honeycomb, perforated slab.
  1. Due to an acute housing crisis, Ulbricht promised to build 100,000 apartments by 1959 this present design aesthetic was too expensive and the need to build functionalist housing blocks. The new housing program proved wildly successful requiring up to 750,000 apartments to be built by 1965.These prefabricated homes were made of large concrete slabs commonly referred to as Platbautten.
  2. And because of this and other concerns, 1956 the ban on formalism was eventually lifted by way of Nikita Krusheve in power in the USSR because they had to find better faster ways to build.

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