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Black polka-dotted dress with ADEFA label

Museum Work

Resource TypeObjects
Date of Creation1933–1939
GenreClothing, Jewellery & Textiles
Object ID2009.002.001
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 German Product
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. 
Classificationdresses (garments)
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.