25 February until 28 August 2022
7 Women – 200 Years of Fashion

Our wardrobe is among our most personal possessions. Nothing is closer to our bodies. Alongside its purely practical function, clothing is also a nuanced means of communication and self-expression. The exhibition Dressed. 7 Women – 200 Years of Fashion presents seven fashion-conscious women and their wardrobes, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day. The spotlight is on the personalities and biographies of the wearers, who reveal themselves to be both performers and consumers of fashion. Whether haute couture, daywear, protest gear or avant-garde trends – what they choose to wear is every bit as diverse as their lifestyles. Their wardrobes tell of the status-consciousness of high-society wives, of an existence marked by illness, of “power dressing” for projecting confidence in the executive suite, of Hamburg’s punk scene, and of the aesthetics of resistive aesthetics embraced by an art and design collector.

The exhibition is made possible by funds from the Exhibition Fund of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hubertus Wald Foundation and the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Hirmer Publishers, with a photographic concept and photographs by Anne Schönharting (Ostkreuz - Agentur der Fotografen).


Your favourite piece

If you had to save one piece of clothing for eternity, what would it be? And why? Become part of the exhibition: Send us a photo of your piece of clothing and tell us in max. 250 characters what is special about it for you. Tell us your name, abbreviation or nickname and then your favourite piece and the story behind it will be shown on a screen in the exhibition. Gender, age and type of garment/accessory are irrelevant, everything and everyone is welcome! Please use the email address dressed(at)mkg-hamburg.de. We are looking forward to your submissions!


Exhibtion film


Livestream on 24 February 2022, 7 pm

Image: Anne Lühn (1944), Shirt/Minikleid, Issey Miyake PleatsPlease, 1997, Photo: Nobuyoshi Araki;  Handtasche, Alessandro Mendini, Studio Alchimia, 1987, MK&G, Photo: Anne Schönharting (Detail)