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Fashion at Berlin’s Museum of Decorative Arts

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A final post about my recent trip to Berlin, before it seems like a distant memory. One of the many museums we visited, and top of my list, was the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum). The museum has an extensive fashion collection, mostly housed in a dedicated Fashion Gallery, but with some pieces jotted around the rest of the museum.

The collection includes garments, accessories, shoes and lingerie. I photographed quite a few of these – photos below.

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Ball gown with stripes, England/France, 1865

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White summer outfit, France/England, 1866

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Walking Dress in silk taffeta with black velvet, England, 1855

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Two piece evening gown, Madame Gres, Paris, 1973

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Cocktail dress ‘Ribcage’, Pierre Cardin, Paris, 1969 (front) / Hotpants, Paco Rabanne, Paris, 1974 (back)

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Micro dress ‘Ready Made’, Paco Rabanne, Paris, 1970 (front) / Hotpants, Paco Rabanne, Paris, 1974 (back)

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Blue suit with blouse, Chanel, Paris, 1965 (right) / Dress suit Escale, Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, 1958, owned by Olivia de Havilland (left)

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Cocktail dress in trapezoid line, Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, 1958

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Evening gown of gold lame and beads, Jean Patou, Paris, 1937

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Pistachio green evening dress, bias cut, Captain Edward Molyneux, Paris, 1932

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Evening gown with horse motif, Madeleine Vionnet, France/USE, 1921-4

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Dance gown with ray motif, embroidered with tambour work, sequins made of bakelite, France, 1925

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England, 1821

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England, 1840

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England, 1820-40

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Printed ladies slippers, England, 1795

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Shoes in Chinese style, England, 1785

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Shoes with paste brooch, France, 1770

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England, 1900

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Accessories

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Bust improver, 1910

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Other museums in Berlin with some textile element which I visited:

Berlin’s Film and TV Museum (Museum für Film und Fernsehen) has a permanent Marlene Dietrich exhibition, including a number of her clothes.

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The Bauhaus Archive is fascinating, and includes a number of Bauhaus weavings and textiles.

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The DDR Museum is good fun, and includes a fashion section, including examples of East Berlin sewing pattern magazines.

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And, not at all craft related, but I really enjoyed the Computer Games Museum (Computerspielemuseum Berlin).

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Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

3 thoughts on “Fashion at Berlin’s Museum of Decorative Arts

  1. On wow, I love that 70s evening gown! If only I had somewhere super glamorous to wear such a thing Id make much more of an effort with my couture techniques.

  2. Oh wow, I love that 70s evening dress. If only I had an excuse to wear such a glamorous thing I’d pay much more attention to my couture techniques!

  3. Great photos, what a lovely museum. It’s on the to see list for when I next visit.

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