Broken Threads: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria
Broken Threads tells the tale of the destruction of the Jewish fashion industry under the Nazis.Jewish designers were very prominent within the fashion industry of 1930s Germany and Austria. The emergence of Konfektion, or in a position-to-wear, and the advance of the brand new department store, with its innovative merchandising and lavish interior design, only emphasized this prominence. The Nazis came to peer German high fashion as too heavily influenced by Jewish designers, manufacturers and merchandisers. These groups were targeted with a campaign of propaganda, boycotts, humiliation and Aryanization.Broken Threads chronicles this moment of cultural loss, detailing the upward push of Jewish design and its destruction by the hands of the Nazis. Superbly illustrated with photographs and fashion plates from the selection of Claus Jahnke, Broken Threads explores this little-known a part of fashion and of Nazi history.
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