Evening dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, made of rose red silk in tabby weave, arranged over a stiff underskirt, decorated with white machine-made lace, Paris, Spring-Summer 1955. Cristóbal Balenciaga had always been inspired by historical styles and here gives his modern interpretation of the 19th century bustle dress.

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Collection: Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. ©Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: Stephan Klonk

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What did death mean in Ancient life?

An exhibition that looks at death and funerary practice through thirteen elaborate Apulian vases from Southern Italy now on view in Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy!

Funerary Vessel , South Italian, from Apulia, 340-310 B.C., terracotta red-figured volute krater< attributed to the Phrixos Group. Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung. Photo: Johannes Laurentius

Funerary Vessel, South Italian, from Apulia, 350-325 B.C., terracotta red figured amphora attributed to the Darius Painter (the Hecuba Sub-Group).Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Antikensammlung. Photo: Johannes Laurentius

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Hannah Höch, Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (Photomontage, gouache on paper with collage elements), 1925-1929.

Ball dress, made of rose coloured silk moiré and silk satin, trimmed with fine silk gauze, pearls and glass pearls, England, around 1865.

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Collection Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. ©Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: Stephan Klonk

Dress made of fine cotton in tabby weave and embroidered with white cotton yarn. Embroidered fabric probably from India, dress England, 1785-1800. 
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Collection Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. ©Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: Stephan Klonk