From 1922 to 1933 Lieselotte Friedländer (1898–1973) sketched hundreds of iconic illustrations, front covers and vignettes for the Moden Spiegel [Fashion Mirror], the weekly fashion supplement of the popular Berliner Tageblatt, a Berlin daily newspaper. She was one of the most successful fashion illustrators working in Berlin at the time. Lieselotte was fired from the Berliner Tageblatt at the height of her career in 1933. She was banned from practicing her profession by the Nazis who classified her as a so-called “Quarter-Jew.” She survived the Nazi regime working odd jobs. Returning to West Berlin in 1949, Lieselotte found she could no longer pick up on her previous success. She died in 1973 almost completely forgotten. Hundreds of vignettes drawn by artist Lieselotte Friedländer offer an intimate look into the „Roaring“ or „Golden” Twenties in Berlin. Made 1920-1933 for the „Moden-Spiegel”, the weekly fashion supplement of the „Tageblatt”, they depict the elegant and independent woman ideal in black ink with quaint and whimsical lines. Most of her models stroll, shop and pose on the Kurfürstendamm. The installation pays homage to Friedländer, who was banned from her occupation („Berufsverbot”) at the height of her career. She survived, yet was unable to resume her career until her death 1973 in Berlin.
*This work was created in the framework of 2013's Berlin’s theme year „Diversity Destroyed – Berlin 1933 – 1938 – 1945“. The installation was especially made for a display case on the Kurfürstendamm.