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TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Luckily, fashion illustrations need no translation. For as charmingly rhymed as “Pailletten-Posen-Puderdosen” is in German, “Sequins-Poses-Powder Boxes” doesn’t quite do justice to the captivating exhibition of Twenties illustrations and objects at the Kunstbibliothek.

Indeed, the works from Berlin’s Lipperheidesche Costume Library — which owns one of the most comprehensive collections of Twenties fashion illustrations — finally provides concrete evidence to back Berlin’s oft-quoted claim of being a key fashion center in the early 20th century. Berlin was definitely Germany’s media capital at the time, and of special interest here is the cadre of Berlin-based illustrators who captured the creations of the city’s fashion makers for countless magazines, newspapers and fashion supplements. The illustrations also reflect the era’s various feminine ideals as well as the artistic movements of the time.

As a bonus, there’s a private collection of 200 powder boxes and beauty accessories from this period.

Kunstbibliothek, Kulturforum on Potsdamer Platz
6 Matthäikirchplatz; smb.spk-berlin.de
Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Weekends: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

— Melissa Drier



UPPER CRUST:
Over the past few years, the German capital’s restaurant scene has gone through a revolution, with new high-end eateries in eastern Berlin becoming a key meeting point for the city’s artistic, political and media scene. The latest addition is the Gendarmerie, which opened May 4 in a former 19th-century bank by star restaurateur Josef Laggner. With 26-foot-high ceilings, more than 4,300 square feet and seating for 500 guests, the menu’s main focus is French cuisine, with an oyster bar in what was once the bank’s vault.

Gendarmerie
42 Behrenstrasse; +49-30-7677-5270

— Damien McGuinness

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