The Textile Archive of the Deutsche Kinemathek was established in October 1993 after it acquired the Marlene Dietrich-Collection Berlin (MDCB). Since 2012, the entire Textile Archive is located on Imhoffweg in Berlin-Lichtenrade. In addition to the more than 3000 textile items of the Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin (including screen and show costumes as well as exquisite pieces from Marlene Dietrich’s private wardrobe by famous American and French designers) and approximately 40 original costumes of the collection Theaterkunst GmbH – Kostümausstattungen, it contains collections related to personalities such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dolly Haas, Werner Herzog, Hildegard Knef, Tilly Losch, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Ulrike Ottinger, Wolfgang Petersen, Heinz Rühmann, Wim Wenders, among others.
The Textile Archive has large shelves on which the costumes are stored laid-out flat in boxes, which have been made to size, and are of chlorine- and acid-free cardboard. Once a year, new textile acquisitions and items returned from exhibitions that are vulnerable to damage (furs, feathers, etc.) are specially fumigated to prevent insect infestation. The ultraviolet lamps installed in the Textile Archive serve a similar purpose, destroying all flying insects.
The individual textile items have been indexed in a database; terms such as “designer”, “date” “film title”, “colour”, “material” can be used to search for them. Every object in the inventory has been provisionally photographed; a selection of items has also been professionally photographed.
Upon request, we offer tours on specific subjects for groups of students, fan clubs, textile experts and film historians. Visitors who are looking for objects for an exhibition may also receive counseling and support. Loans to private individuals are not possible.