Date(s) - Sunday, May 17th
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Something unique emerged in the heart of Berlin in the nineteenth century: a creative centre for fashion and ready-made clothing. The hundreds of clothing companies that were established here manufactured modern clothing and developed new designs that were sold throughout Germany and the world.
This industry reached the height of its success in the 1920s. Freed from their corsets, sophisticated women of the time dressed in the “Berlin chic” sold by Valentin Manheimer, Herrmann Gerson, or the Wertheim department stores.
After 1933, however, most Jewish clothing industrialists were confronted with hatred and violence. Many of their companies were “Aryanized” while they themselves were robbed, displaced, and murdered. Under new Aryan management, these companies created conservative clothing that represented an entirely different image of women.
Join author of Fashion Metropolis Berlin, Uwe Westphal, as he brings to life Berlin’s fashionable past describing the rise and destruction of the Jewish fashion industry from 1836 – 1939.
Museum Members $6 | Nonmembers $8
Book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture.
Use the registration link above to pre-purchase your copy today!
(Retail $31.99 | Museum Members $28.99)
About Uwe Westphal
Uwe Westphal is a writer and historian and lives in Berlin and London. He worked at PEN, later in New York as a journalist and Producer for PBS and CBS. In 2017 he published his first novel on the Berlin fashion industry “Ehrenfried & Cohn. Goodbye, Berlin – The Last Fashion Show”.
For his new non-fiction book FASHION – METROPOLIS – BERLIN: THE STORY OF THE RISE AND DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH FASHION INDUSTRY, he has been researching for decades on the subject of fashion history in Berlin and the successful participation of Jews between 1836 – 1939. His work on this book has led him worldwide to archives and conversations with contemporary witnesses. The author will travel the US for book presentations in 2020.
Sponsored by Jody and Jeff Steren Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. Offered in connection with The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, January 24 – May 17, 2020.
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