Jutta Zander-Seidel (Ed.)
Kleider und Bilder aus Renaissance und Frühbarock
Accompanying the exhibition in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum from 3 December 2015 until 6 March 2016 the volume features 50 costumes from the museum's collection dated between 1560 and 1650 that - along with international loans - were shown in this special exhibition for the first time. They are presented in the context of contemporary paintings and graphic art works that depict the original effect of the clothes and the way they were worn, in this way indicating a person's social status. Illustrated leaflets included in the volume furthermore show critical views on fashion that were spread at the same time. The exhibition volume also features rare pieces of everyday clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the finds from a tailor's workshop in Bremen, as well as of working equipment such as needles, scissors, thimbles or clothes brushes. The section "Focus on Restauration" concentrates on the elaborate forms of production and conservatory work using the example of chosen exhibits. The appendix lists materials of and techniques relevant to the garments. The catalogue, finally, features close ups of forms, materials and decor of early modern clothing, thus making the forgotten messages engrained in the garments visible to observers and readers today.