We love fashion exhibitions you know that by now. Also it’s a common fact that I am a big fan of the relation between art, fashion, history and culture. So the last fashion exhibition starting this year is pretty much what I think you need to know about. It’s an exhibition about historic clothes of the Renaissance and Baroque era. At the time clothes were even more important than today. They were the central way of self-expression and individual identity. Fashion was a real statement at the time, it showed how important or rich someone was.
The Germanisches Nationalmuseum will for the first time present its internationally significant collection of clothing of the Early Modern Age in a exhibition. Around 50 costumes from the period from 1560-1650 are exhibited in the context of contemporary paintings and graphic art works. In addition, the exhibition features rare pieces of everyday clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the finds – on show for the first time – from a tailor’s workshop in Bremen (GER), as well as needles, scissors, thimbles and clothes brushes.
The exhibition also brings together rare original textiles and representative likenesses from international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna or the Royal Armoury, Stockholm. It shows clothing and fashion in their diverse social contexts and makes them decipherable as part of the material culture as well as in terms of their social and image-specific symbolism. The historical items of clothing permit an up-close view of shapes, materials and styling. The complementing paintings illustrate the original effect of the clothes and the way they were worn, which then, as now, reveals a person’s place in society.
The exhibition also addresses the question of how reliably the preserved items of clothing bear witnesses to the past, because the originals have rarely survived the centuries unscathed. A question which is very important for our view on certain times but is rarely ever asked. The exhibition starts Thursday, December 3. I hope I have the time to check it out soon.
#museum | Germanisches Nationalmuseum
#exhibition | In Fashion. Clothes and Pictures from the Renaissance and early Baroque
#until | March 6th, 2016