A half century makes a difference in how women wear chiffon. In Eugen Spiro’s 1901 painting of a woman in black, the lady looks dreamily off to the side as she seems to waltz with the chiffon overlay of her gown. In F. C. Gundlach’s 1956 photo of a woman in a one-shouldered column of chiffon, the model looks at the camera, parts her lips, and shoots a gloved hand high into the air. Featuring both of these images along with nearly 270 other photographs, drawings, and paintings of fashion since 1900, Berlinische Galerie’s exhibition not only tracks the shifts in silhouette since the turn of the last century, but also the social contexts of the designs. A select number of garments will be on view, including a 1978 Raffael Rheinsberg blazer textured like a teddy bear and a 1990 Ursula Sax sculptural gown with a geometric cape. —J.D.
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