How to Throw a Party: Bauhaus Style!

The Bauhaus is more known as a school of minimalist design and architecture, mostly relying on the essential and non-ornamental aesthetics. But who would have known these Bauhaus folk can play dress-up with these retro-futuristic shindig get-ups?

The Bauhaus parties were not your ordinary parties, where everyone expects to find some doppelgangers. In Weimar, creatives were in competition. Artists Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, architect Mies van der Rohe, and furniture designer Marcel Breuer were always trying to outdo each other with their geometry-based creations.

According to Hungarian architect Farkas Molnar, the school of Bauhaus would expend great energies for costume parties:

"Everyone prepares his or her own. Never a one that has been seen before. Inhuman, or humanoid, but always new. You may see monstrously tall shapes stumbling about, colorful mechanical figures that yield not the slightest clue as to where the head is. Sweet girls inside a red cube. Here comes a witch and they are hoisted high up into the air; lights flash and scents are sprayed."

The parties bean as improvisational events, but later became large-scale productions with costumes and sets made by the stage workshop, and often there were themes. One party was called "Bear, Nose, and Heart", where the attendees are meant to show up in clothing made up of two-thirds white, one-third spotted, checked or striped.


Images are from Curbed.

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