How did the dress journey begin?
Eva Braun's dress, which is currently on display at the Liepaja Museum Branch "Liepaja in Occupation Regimes", was honored with a trophy by a Georgian officer from the Soviet Army at the World War II Fashion Show 1938-1945. where according to stories,
he had a total of four dresses, three of which were worn by his wife in Tbilisi, but the fourth did not fit her well and was probably too luxurious for the difficult post-war years.
The dress was donated by the artist's officer Sergei Paradzhanov.
As a gift to the fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev
Paradanov kept Eva Brown's dress for a long time, but before her death, she gifted it to renowned art historian Nino Lapiashvil, a writer with many books. Realizing the true value of this dress, she handed it to the fashion historian and collector Alexander Vasiliev, who now takes care of the history of the special dress that travels the world, reminding the tragic fate of its wearer. "This dress hides so much! Looking at it, it looks like we're looking at the life of a stranger. Seeing Eve's cross-hair bag, you realize how fashionable politics was at the time," said Alexander, the owner of Vasiliev's dress. The exhibition includes an entire dressing room reminiscent of boudoir. "And here is Wagner, which was her favorite Hitler music and smelled like carnation. At that time, if a lady smelled of carnation, she was an example of elegance!" explains the fashion connoisseur.
Eva Brown's clothes are modern and elegant according to her time. It could be seen in very simple dresses as well as in cozy wild dresses in very expensive evening dresses.
The existence of Yves Brown was a well-kept secret of Nazi Germany. She had been carefully hiding from the nation for twelve years that the young, lovely woman was the favorite of Adolf Hitler and, in the last hours of their lives, her husband. According to Adolf Hitler's driver Eric Kempk, Eve Brown was the unlucky woman in Germany. Her fate was tragic – Eva Brown had been waiting for her all her life since she met Hitler, had accepted the role of a minor hero for many years, repeatedly trying to take her own life, for a short period of time, attracting all her attention. Eventually, the two died together, killing themselves on April 30, 1945.
The exhibition "World War II Fashion 1938-1945" will be viewed at the branch of the Museum in Liepaja "Liepaja in Occupation Regimes" on 7/9 K. Ukstina St. until 29 December.