© Nachlass Madame d’Ora, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg


© Nachlass Madame d’Ora, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg


From December 21, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg (MKG) is hosting the world’s first retrospective of the Austrian photographer Dora Kallmus, who worked under the pseudonym Madame d’Ora. Part of the artistic scene in Paris in the 1920s, she was a pioneer of fashion photography, at a time when photos were starting to replace illustrations in magazines.

In Vienna and Paris, she photographed members of the bohemian set and the bourgeoisie, who recognized her fresh approach and less static portraits. Her eclectic, cosmopolitan work echoes the avant-garde trends of the period, as reflected in her portraits of Gabrielle Chanel and photos of the designer’s collections, which are shown in this retrospective. The exhibition will also feature original prints and period costumes, including one designed by Gabrielle Chanel.

Madame d’Ora. Make Me Beautiful!
December 21 to March 18
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
Steintorplatz, 20099 Hamburg, Germany