The avant-garde endures in Weimar: fashion meets Bauhaus
Weimar has plenty of echoes of the Classicism literary movement founded here in the late 18th century, but as you stroll through the streets you’ll soon realise that the spirit of the Bauhaus is an abiding presence here, too. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in Weimar. European visionaries and artists like Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and Wassily Kandinsky came together under this movement with the aim of revolutionising notions of everyday life and handicrafts with new creative ideas. Their distinctive use of colours like blue, yellow and red is echoed in many present-day designs. This colour scheme is also very much apparent in the avant-garde creations of Weimer-based fashion designer Anne Gorke, who is passionate about minimalism, symmetry and right angles. Born and bred in Weimar, the designer creates clothing that exudes a certain calmness, with their pared-back, uncomplicated lines. Her signature look is a kind of uniform that picks up on the intrinsic Bauhaus style, while eschewing specific trends.
Designer Anne Gorke produces limited-edition items in collaboration with other artists and graphic designers under the label Bauhaus Made. Following the Bauhaus philosophy, these are joint artistic projects with a focus on functionality. In a world that is becoming ever more frenetic and complex, this is about getting back to the basics and conveying a sense of ease to the wearer. The fashion designer draws inspiration for her designs from the city of Weimar, cradle of the Bauhaus movement. It might come from the faces of the people she passes in the streets or the many buildings of this city, which is steeped in history.
A German city drenched in culture
Weimar is a cultural heavyweight: located at the heart of the federal state of Thuringia, it is famous for the age of Weimar Classicism, a cultural movement with humanistic aspirations. The renowned poets Goethe and Schiller lived in Weimar, and their legacy has shaped this city. A monument in their honour stands in front of the German National Theatre, while their former homes are now museums that are open to visitors.
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