You’ve probably heard about the dubious history of fashion designer Hugo Boss and his Nazi past, but I thought you might like to hear about it in more detail and see some of his designs!*
Hugo Boss started his clothing company in 1924. It wasn’t particuarly successful and he even went bankrupt, that was until he joined the National Socialst (Nazi) party in the early 1930s and became a ‘sponsoring member’ of the S.S.
He became the official supplier of Nazi uniforms to lots of party organizations including Sturmabteilung (Brownshirts), Schutzstaffel (S.S), Hitler Youth, National Socialist Motor Corps (a paramilitary wing of the Nazi party). During the war he also used prisoners or war and forced labour in his factories to help keep up with demand. His advertising proudly stated “supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924”, although it’s very doubtful he actually supplied them with uniforms until the late 1920s.
*Apologies for the rather heavy Nazi-themed posts of the past week or so, normal light-hearted service will be resumed as soon as possible!
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There is one fascinating book in English about this era: ‘Nazi Chic – Fashioning Women in the Third Reich’ – and despite the silly title it is a well researched academic work
What a strange title! I suspect they made a list of all the keywords they needed to include and then made a title out of it 😉 Looks an interesting book though, as does ‘Fashion Under Fascism’ – don’t suppose you’ve read that one too..? 🙂
Ha!!! And so it already paid off to read Blogs 😉 No, I didn’t know that one but I will definitely read it. Thanks for the suggestion!