Women of the Bauhaus

Last week whilst in a lecture about the Bauhaus my lecturer mentioned that a fabulous thing to look at (if one was in need of a little procrastination time) was hair cuts of members of the Bauhaus.
So, can you guess what I’ve been doing today?
 
 
 

The Bauhaus masters in (I think) 1926

What fascinated me was not only the haircuts but the outfits too of these women. Some striking, some minimal, some simply modernist. Many of these women appear ahead of their time in terms of the style of their clothes and appearance.

The Bauhaus itself though has an interesting history, certainly in relation to women and its earliest years. The Bauhaus was, first and foremost, a design school and still today the concept of the “foundation year” that many students on design based courses take before their degree has its roots in the systems employed by the Bauhaus.  The Bauhaus begun under Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany in 1919. Although by 1925 had moved to purpose built premises in Dessau. It is whilst the school was in Dessau that many of the women I share below were either students or teachers at the school.

The female perspective on the Bauhaus is one that intrigues me no end. The Bauhaus despite being a progressive school had a fraught relationship with women. Females were accepted as students, but few went on to receive the notoriety that male students of the Bauhaus did. The majority of female students focused their studies on weaving, i.e. traditional female craft rather than engaging in the more progressive design work that the Bauhaus became so well known for, in particular architecture. 

So today, lets look back and celebrate some of the women of the Bauhaus. I feel like I am doing them something of a dis-service by focusing on their appearance rather than their work, but I think this gives a good background into who the characters of the Bauhaus were- beyond the instantly recognisable figures of Gropius, Meyer and Van Der Rohe.

I’ll start with a few images of Gunta Stolzl who was one of the most important women of the Bauhaus for a number of reason.  Stolzl was the only female master at the Bauhaus (in its original German guise). She became the senior master of the weaving department in 1927. 
 
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Gunta stölzl Tut schlemmer, Walter beck, Oskar schlemmer, 1926
 
“We wanted to create living things with contemporary relevance, suitable for a new style of life. Huge potential for experimentation lay before us. It was essential to define our imaginary world, to shape our experiences through material, rhythm, proportion, color, form.”
Gunta Stölzl, reflecting on her time at the Weimar Bauhaus in Bauhaus. Zeitschrift für Gestaltung, July 2, 1931
Benita Kock-Otte
 
 
Heinrich Koch, Portrait of Benita Koch-Otte, 1920s
Ilse Fehling
Unknown Photographer, Portrait Ilse Fehling, 1928, later print
 
Irene Bayer
 
Grit Kallin-Fischer, Portrait Irene Bayer, 1927/28
Karla Grosch
 
Marianne Brandt (?), Portrait Karla Grosch, Dessau c. 1928-29
 
Mariane Brandt
 
Self portrait
 
Self portrait 1929
Florence Henri
Lucia Moholy, Portrait Florence Henri, en face, 1927
 
Tulia Kaiser, Florence Henri, N.d.
Margaret Camilla Leiteritz
 
1931
Greta Stern
 
Grete Stern, Selbstportrait, 1935
Lis Beyer
20.2.1929
 
Gertrud Arndt
 
Gertrud’s series of “mask” portraits have to be amongst my favourite Bauhaus era photographs  Although not really recognised until the 1980s they playful images speak of Arndt’s preliminary interest in textiles (she had been a student in the weaving workshop of the Bauhaus).
         
 
 
Erich Consemüller, Marcel Breuer and his “harem” (from left to right: Marta Erps-Breuer, Katt Both and Ruth Hollos-Consemüller), c. 1927
 
 
Found this one via pintrest, so no details on it I’m afraid.
 
 
 
 
I’ll finish with this image of the Bauhaus women. This image features in the book:
 

Bauhaus Women: Art . Handicraft . Design

 
which I would highly recommend if you are interested in the topic. 

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Snowing= shopping

The weather over the weekend in London/ Surrey has been quite frankly atrocious. This weekend we have more snow than I think I have ever seen in all my years living down here. On Sunday I trudged through the snow back from my Papa’s house to my Grandparent’s. It looked beautiful, but it wasn’t too fun to walk in!

Anyway, back to the main reason for me posting.

NEW LISTINGS!!!

Due to the cold weather I thought I would just have one more week of listings suitable for this!

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The most fabulous 30s fur cape

40s fur coat with a wonderful history to it (I’ll miss this one dearly!)

Vicky Vaughn 50s green wool dress

70s orange wool dress with THE most fabulous chevron detailing

60s tartan cape suit

50s red velvet dress *perfect* for Valentines day

60s black velvet and lace dress

Miss L Fire boots. size 5. These are BRAND NEW!!!

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Tatler, Twiggy and some swoon worthy bicycles

Whilst on the phone to a friend of mine last weekend we started discussing the current cover of Tatler.
This is the cover, featuring Tali Lennox riding a bike wearing a fabulous sixties style dress by Louis Vuitton.
 
 
 
The dress on the catwalk in October
The image was instantly recognisable, its inspiration had clearly been a Twiggy photograph that I knew well dating to 1967.
I thought I should therefore delve a little further into the background behind this picture, and the shoot it came from.
 
First off this image did NOT appear in the original shoot. Despite being one of the most instantly recognisable images of Twiggy this was not published in the original Vogue shoot.
 
 
Below are the images that WERE published.
 
 
 
This shoot, as seen in the June 1967 issue of Vogue was when Twiggy was at the height of her career. The shoot’s name is “Young Ideas shorts supply”.  In the shoot she is seen riding through Pall Mall on a series of different swoon worthy bikes and mopeds.
 
 
The moped seen here is a 1967 Raleigh Mist. This is an example of this type of moped.
 

She is also seen riding another Raleigh bike; after doing a little research in the Raleigh catalogue from 1967 I would assume this is a Raleigh Sprite.

 
A Raleigh Sprite as published in the 1967 catalogue for Raleigh 
 
 
I was also interested by the photographer Ronal Traeger. He was an American photographer whom i had never previously come across. I was interested to find that he died just a year after this series was photographed in 1968. In his short career the images he is most famous for were mostly those he took of Twiggy- particularly in the year 1967, and for capturing “Swinging London” in both Elle and Vogue. 
 
Cecil Beaton later stated of Ronald Traeger that ‘he was well on the way to becoming one of the most brilliant photographers of today’.
 
So there we go! A deeper delve into a very interesting Twiggy shoot!