Cut for freedom

Cut for freedom

The artistic dress in fashion, art, and society around 1900

Departing from the artistic reform dress, the art museums Krefeld is hosting the first exhibition to research the complex correlation betwen art, fashion, photography, and dance within the context of the reform movement between 1900 and 1914. Restriction, ornament, and liberation are keywords not only defining the image of women at that time but also the newly developing art disciplines and a changing understanding of art.

With the dissolution of the borders between free and applied art, the artists received a key role at the invention of new, contemporary forms. Architecture, interior furnishings and equipment was defined as a complete work of art and thought of in a unified language of forms. The artistic dress is part of this context. Its appearance war oriented toward the staging in the room as well as the individuality of its wearer. Womenswear should no longer be only comfortable and healty, as was one basic idea of the reform movement, but additionally was supposed to be aesthetically sophisticated in its design - and this through artists. For the young avant-garde, the self-designed dress turned into an independent work of art, which transferred emotions into the room by its movements.

"The museum project interestingly illustrates the new programme of the art museums Krefeld, which combines the exhibition of the museum's rich history with a current perspective and new research approaches", says museum director Katia Baudin. "The opulent show unites stocks from our own collection with numerous top-class loans from Germany and abroad."


Exhibition: 12. October 2018 until 24. February 2019

Vernissage: 11. October 2018, 7:30 pm


Foto: Kunstmuseum Krefeld