by Savannah Schroll Guz

The Weimar period in Germany, although politically and economically tumultuous, had a liberating impact on German women, who enjoyed the vote during this period and were freed from the restrictive corset by “Reformkleidung.” At the time, Marlene Dietrich and her androgynous wardrobe and persona became the symbol of the changing role and appearance of women in German society.

In this mixed media collage, using period sheet music, my own cyanotypes and vintage paper, I depict the 1920s woman and her metamorphosis, which involved wavy, cropped hair, androgynous clothing like Dietrich’s and greater social freedom (although, of course, we still had a long way to go to achieve the level of equality we enjoy today).

Vintage paper, cyanotypes and sheet music on paper board . 11″ x 6.5″

Art Gallery, Volume 2 Issue 7