Claudia Skoda: Dressed to Thrill

Exhibition catalog

Exhibition catalog with photographs by Ulrike Ottinger and others

to Claudia Skoda: Dressed to Thrill,,

13.04.2021 to 29.08.2021 Kulturforum Berlin

Publisher: Britta Bommert

approx. 248 pages with approx. 200 illustrations
Format 24 x 30 cm, hardcover

Berlin 2020

with contributions by Heidi Blöcher, Britta Bommert, Fiona McGovern, Esther Ruelfs, Marie Arleth Skov as well as a personal tribute by Wolfgang Joop to Claudia Skoda.


Kettler Publishing House

ISBN 978-3-86206-829-6

Bookstore price 42,00 €

> Catalog order via Kettler Publishing House and the Online-Shop of the SMB - Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin


Catalog impressions

As a pioneer and icon of Berlin’s underground culture, Claudia Skoda defined the fashion of the 1970s and 1980s. She knitted delicate yarns—having taught herself the handwork techniques—into groundbreaking, body-hugging designs that triggered a revolution in our understanding of knitwear. Superstars such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop were soon among her friends. Skoda’s performance-like fashion shows became famous: they were staged as spectacular events in the Congress Hall or the Egyptian Museum and caused an international sensation. This comprehensive catalog is published to accompany her first solo exhibition and presents fashion, photographs, films, and music by a wide range of artists, including Martin Kippenberger, Luciano Castelli, Salomé, Jim Rakete, Ulrike Ottinger, Silke Grossmann, Manuel Göttsching, and Kraftwerk. The book not only highlights Skoda’s fashion designs, but also looks at how they were produced and marketed. In addition, it explores her living community and workshop “Fabrikneu,” her fashion shows and stores, her time in New York, as well as her social networks and her collaborations with many different artists.

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