Son wins back rare posters Nazis stole
ABERLIN Berlin museum must return thousands of rare posters to an American, part of his Jewish father’s unique collection that had been seized by the Nazis, Germany’s top federal appeals court ruled Friday.
The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe confirmed Peter Sachs, 74, is the rightful owner of the posters collected by his father, Hans, and ruled he is entitled to receive their return from the German Historical Museum.
The ruling ended seven years of legal battles over a vast collection dating back to the late 19th century that is now believed to be worth between $6 million and $21 million.
The court said if the museum kept the posters it would be akin to perpetuating the crimes of the Nazis.
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hub of change with girls wearing dungarees.
Sally, he said, is “a rebel in the making.”
That was the norm for adolescents and teens, who adopted Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters as their style role models in a way that Jackie Kennedy had been for their mothers.
“They were hipper,” Mr. Stoddart explained. “They were parting their hair in the middle.”
Don Draper probably won’t like that one bit on Sally, Mr. Stoddart observed, because for all his smoking, drinking and womanizing, he’s more conservative than one would think. He notes an earlier episode in the series where Don wasn’t pleased at all to see wife Betty in a bikini.
“If you look at the whole decade, from 1960 to 1970, you still have some people who weren’t changing, but the younger people were pushing fashion in a totally different direction,” agreed Janie Bryant, the show’s costume designer.
The character is essential to the costume, Ms. Bryant said. The retro moment largely credited to “Mad Men” — and bringing back styles she personally loves — is icing on the cake.
“It’s amazing to me how the fashion has been this huge explosion,” she said. “I’m telling the story of the characters through the clothes, but it’s not about a ‘fashion show,’ and I think that’s why people are so excited.”
Peggy, who works her way up to her own office at the ad agency, is definitely someone to watch, Ms. Bryant said, because she understands her wardrobe is an expression of herself. The others also express themselves through their clothes, but don’t always realize it, she said.
“Betty Draper Francis — her roots are growing up in the 1950s, so she’s always a little bit updated ’50s, and that says a lot. . . . She cares about appearances more than she does fashion. She likes the appearance of perfection.”
And Joan, who always liked the tighter cut anyway, could start showing an appreciation for the richer, more luxurious fabrics that were becoming popular.
Men’s office attire was fairly consistent through the ’60s, although they broke out some colored shirts, FIT’S Mr. Stoddart said. For them, the bigger change was the “silly wide tie” that came in the ’70s. Still, he said, some of the ad world’s younger executives might start wearing high-collar Nehru jackets and there will be more sideburns and beards. “You will see flickers of change,” he predicted.
The polish that comes with the “Mad Men” look resonates with consumers right now, said Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen, who has collaborated with Ms. Bryant on “Mad Men”-themed collections. The second batch of styles is in stores now.