This limited edition of Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs is a gorgeous celebration of Fräu(lein) power. Here the models vamp it up in 1930s style. Long-legged beauties strut, pout, and prance provocatively, conjuring visual tales reminiscent of wicked Weimar, Helmet Newton, Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin. Flirtation may lead to orgy as Unwerth’s models transcend the fashion spread with paganish glee…transform themselves into edgy, Germanic goddesses before the lens. A vacant gaze becomes an erotic glare. You can almost hear these naked fräuleins giggling as they dart out of reach and disappear into the woods, as in a twisted fairy tale by Grimm. Alas, it is the model’s revenge, for Unwerth was a fashion model years before she armed herself with a camera.
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The viewer is transported and seduced by Fräulein.
Let’s hope publisher Taschen follows this limited edition with a trade paperback, reasonably priced for the rest of us.