Black polka-dotted dress with ADEFA label
Date of Creation1933–1939
GenreClothing, Jewellery & Textiles
Place of CreationGermany
DescriptionBlack rayon satin-backed crepe dress with polka dot pattern and raglan mid-length sleeves. Square neckline with satin collar and two glass buttons. Pleated panel at centre from below knee. Label sewn into side seam at knee height.
Materials/Techniquesrayon crepe (textile) with glass buttons
Measurements108 x 53 cm
InscriptionsLabel: ADEFA / ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT DEUTSCH / ARISCHER / FABRIKANTEN / DER BEKLEIDUNGINDUSTRIE EM / DEUTSCHES ERZEUGNIS
Translation: Association of German-Aryan Manufacturers of the Clothing Industry
Method of ConstructionOriginally from mid-1930s and likely repaired or remade during the war
ProvenanceAcquired by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2009 from Claus Jahnke.
The donor purchased the dress on eBay from a seller in or near Cologne, Germany.
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Claus Jahnke
NoteThe ADEFA label denotes that the garment manufacturer was part of the association Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutsch-arischer Fabrikanten der Bekleidungsindustrie (Worker's Association of the German Aryan Fabrication of the Clothing Industry), a group of manufacturers that supported the Aryanization of the German fashion industry. Established in May 1933 under the Reich Ministry of Economy, ADEFA encouraged state-sanctioned boycotts, liquidation and discrimination against Jewish members of the fashion industry. Labels such as this one guaranteed consumers that the product had been made by Aryan hands only.