Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Gunda Beeg

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Gunda Beeg
b. 1858, Nuremberg; d. 1913, location unknown

A founding member of the first German organization for the reform of women's dress, Gunda Beeg advocated loose-fitting clothing for reasons of both comfort and hygiene. Beeg was imbued with the reformist spirit early in life: her father was director of the Kunstgewerbe (Museum of Industrial Arts) in Nuremberg, and her mother founded the School for Women's Work, where Gunda herself was trained for economic independence. Among Beeg's successful designs was the "reform blouse" adopted by the Union of Women Telephone and Telegraph Employees as part of their official civil service uniform in 1913. She published (with Hedwig Lechner) Lehrb├╝cher der Modenwelt (Textbook of the Fashion World, 1887).

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