Marcel Breuer, Martha Erps, Katt Both and Ruth Hellos, from the Bauhaus school in Dessau, 1927
this photo actually takes my breath away. i thought katt both was gerturd arndt at first glance. in case you didn’t already know, i’ve got a lot of feelings about the Bauhaus school.
Gertrud Arndt, Self-Portrait, 1930.
Bauhaus - Gertrud Arndt, self-portrait
Gerturd Arndt, Self Portrait, c.1930
Gertrud Arndt, « Maskenselbstbildnis Nr. 16 », 1930 (via Mirrors, Masks and Spaces. Self-portraits by Women Photographers in the twenties and thirties. ◊ Jeu de Paume / le magazine)
Photographer unknown, Untitled (Lis Beyer), Februrary 20, 1929
Women of the Bauhaus. Via Mondoblogo.
an antique black and white photograph of fourteen young (presumably) women standing on the steps of (presumably) the Bauhaus school, which dates this photo between 1919-1933. their clothes look classic and surprisingly modern at the same time— pleated linen trousers, fair isle sweaters, heavy-heeled mary janes, what looks to be monochrome outfits in colors other than black, romantic and soft hairstyles that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern person. (and a blurry woman in the center wearing what looks like a velvet shift dress with a white peter pan collar, be still my heart)
i wish i had more of a background in fashion history. how did this relate to the politics of pants throughout history, given the time period and cultural location? given the industry, political climate, potential class distinctions? and of course, i’m not trying to assign roles on the subjects of the photograph, i promise, but i’m wondering how the almost binary fashion ‘uniforms’ represented here play into whatever butch/femme fashion dichotomies existed in the early 1900s. there are more secrets in this photo and it is frustrating to feel like i can’t unlock them.
i wrote about this ages ago… well, not “this” but rather my affection for bauhaus ladies in relation to this photograph… i’ll try and dig it up.
edited to add: found it, but it’s not at all what i remembered. not really relevant, but thoughts triggered by the same photo.