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Presenting DDR-clothes from the collection

The collection department of the DDR Museum has recently acquired professional equipment for the documentation of textiles. The seven figurines are essential for an authentic representation of clothes and are therefore contributing to the quality of our object photographs.
by Maria Bartholomäus (7 Dec 2016)

The collection department of the DDR Museum has recently acquired professional equipment for the documentation of textiles. The seven figurines are essential for an authentic representation of clothes and are therefore contributing to the quality of our object photographs.

 

Documenting large objects

The collection of the DDR Museum consists of a variety of objects. These are differing in topic, material as well as in size. In order to document all of these different items adequately and to record them within our collection database, taking a photo of every single object is absolutely necessary. With the help of our photo set for large objects we can take photographs of items such as flags, furniture, paintings or even vehicles. From now on, a complete representation of clothing will also be realized in this scenario.

 

Uniforms, gymnastics suits and evening dresses

Whether uniforms of the NVA (army of the DDR), working attire, evening dresses, gymnastics suits or shirts of the FDJ (central youth organization in the DDR) – clothing from both the public as well as the private sphere has its place in our depot. Our diverse stock of clothes is therefore representing all aspects in the life of a citizen of the DDR. Just like any other object, every piece of clothing is also documented in the collection database. This record consists of data such as the according time period, material, size as well as a number of different images of the item. This is where our new figurines come into play: Thanks to the realistically designed dolls we can create an authentic representation of the appearance as well as the condition of the different pieces of clothing. It is furthermore possible to represent different clothing sizes as well as gender-specific garments with the seven dolls. Among them are two adult-sized figurines, two representing youths, two children as well as an infant.

 

In cooperation with Galeria Kaufhof

The DDR Museum received the dolls thanks to the generous support of Galeria Kaufhof at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Past fall, the DDR Museum realized a special exhibition with the title “Life in the DDR” at the popular department store. Here you can find a detailed report.

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