Over the summer I had the pleasure of traveling to Görlitz, a city in far eastern Germany whose small size is disproportionate to its magnificence. Among the city's many architectural treasures is a department store building (Kaufhaus or Warenhaus) built in the German equivalent of the Art Nouveau style, known as Jugendstil.
|The Görlitzer Warenhaus in the early 1950s|
Even though the Görlitzer Warenhaus stands largely empty today, tourists may enter to catch a glimpse of the magnificent interior.
|The Görlitzer Warenhaus today, virtually unchanged|
|The opulent interior|
To my delight, An exhibition of fashion advertisements from the 1930s was set up in the hallway of the entrance for the visitors and passers-by to enjoy.
|"Brochure from the KARSTADT-House in Görlitz from the 1930s"|
As we were in a bit of a hurry, and a number of tourists were trying to get past me as I took these pictures, the quality is not terribly good. I have tried to clean them up a bit and flatten out the perspective with Photoshop.
I hope you enjoy these attractive and colorful illustrations as much as I did!
|"The joy of a vacation is enhanced with functional clothing and gear from KARSTADT Görlitz"|
|Notice the depictions of foundation wear on the bottom:|
a full body corset (left) and a two girdles (right).
And those hairstyles...
|This page includes two entertaining examples of men's loungewear|
|Advertisements like these might be useful in dating vintage objects and accessories|
|A full-page spread of women's fashion|
|The sweetest children's fashions inspired in part by traditional German dress|
|What's more boxy: the luggage or those men's shoulders?|
The Görlitzer Warenhaus is in desperate need of funding for upkeep and renovation. Fortunately an organization was recently founded by a number of concerned citizens to collect donations for the upkeep of this magnificent building. No word yet on how to contribute, but here is their webpage and address:
Bürgerinitiative Görlitzer Kaufhaus