7 Women – 200 years of fashion
Mkg Hamburg, DE
25.02 – 28.08. 2022

Erika Holst (1917–1946), Drei Tageskleider, um 1938–42, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg - © Anne Schönharting

Our wardrobe is among our most personal possessions. Nothing is closer to our bodies. Alongside its purely practical function, clothing is also a nuanced means of communication and self-expression. The exhibition Dressed. 7 Women – 200 Years of Fashion presents seven fashion-conscious women and their wardrobes, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day. The spotlight is on the personalities and biographies of the wearers, who reveal themselves to be both performers and consumers of fashion. Whether haute couture, daywear, protest gear or avant-garde trends – what they choose to wear is every bit as diverse as their lifestyles. Their wardrobes tell of the status-consciousness of high-society wives, of an existence marked by illness, of “power dressing” for projecting confidence in the executive suite, of Hamburg’s punk scene, and of the aesthetics of resistive aesthetics embraced by an art and design collector.

The exhibition is made possible by funds from the Exhibition Fund of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hubertus Wald Foundation and the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Hirmer Publishers, with a photographic concept and photographs by Anne Schönharting (Ostkreuz - Agentur der Fotografen).

More information:
Press Release: 

Angelica Blechschmidt (1942-2018), Cocktailkleid Gianni Versace (1946-1997), Versace Couture, H/W 1994/95, Musuem für Kunst und Gewerbe Hambung (c) Anne Schönharting

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg


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