The Festive Costumes that Couldn't Conceal Tragedy

German dancers Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt created extravagant, playful, Bauhaus-like costumes before they, financially destitute, committed suicide in 1924. Or rather, in an apparent pact, Schulz turned the gun on herself after mortally wounding Holdt.

Their tragic end may explain why this series of photographs, taken by Minya Diez-Dührkoop the same year as their death, was put in a box and forgotten until the 1980s, exhibited in 2012, and now released into the public domain by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg.

The costumes — cobbled together out of found cardboard, sacks, wire, papier-mâché, plaster, fabric, and leather — closely resemble those of Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet, aka Bauhaus Ballet, which first dazzled audiences nearly a century ago.





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Nov 01, 2015 12:14:00

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