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July 18 2012 German Culture Newsletter

The latest article from the German Culture site is a step back in time, but it still has an influence on German fashion today:


Fashion, and almost anything else involving originality, was inseparable from politics in divided Germany's Eastern side, with its 'one style fits all' mentality covering virtually everything from buildings to cars.

A world of individuality, and escape from every day grayness, came through a sewing machine, needle, thread and "Sybille", a culture and fashion magazine featuring 'Avant-Garde' photographs and patterns. "GDR Chic" was born, and even hospital supplies found a place in the designs.

And the week's word is: ERBSENZAEHLER - a Pea Counter - which is used to describe someone who is pedantic, obsessed with detail and perhaps even a control freak. So not exactly the most affectionate of descriptions. has many articles covering a variety of topics, and a forum:

So hope to hear from you with any questions or comments you might have, either in the forum or via email message.

Francine McKenna,
German Culture Editor

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