Lene Schneider-Kainer illustration – At the window. STYL 1922.

Lene, Schneider-Kainer, drawing, art, Jewish-Austrian, painter,
Plants by Herrmann Rothe.

At the window. Plants of Herrmann Rothe. Lene Schneider-Kainer drawing.

Styl, table 9, Issue VII, 1922.

Lene Schneider-Kainer was born on the 16th of May 1885 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as the daughter of the painter Sigmund Schneider. There she studied art before continuing her studies in Munich, Paris and Amsterdam.

With her husband Ludwig Kainer, whom she had met in Paris and married in 1910, she lived in Berlin Charlottenburg from 1912 until her divorce in 1924. She belonged to a circle of Berlin artists and intellectuals, including Arnold Schönberg, Franz Werfel, Herwarth Walden and Else Lasker-Schüler, who all went into exile because of the Nazis. From 1933 she lived on Mallorca, later on on Ibiza; founded an artists colony, until she left Spain after the outbreak of the Spanish civil war and went into exile to the USA in 1937.

She lived in New York until 1954 and then moved to Bolivia to live with her son, whom she supported in the development of a fabric factory. Lene Schneider-Kainer died in Cochabamba, Bolivia on 15 June 1971.

Source: STYL – 1920s German Art Déco Fashion Magazine by Ludwig Sternaux. Published in Berlin by Erich Reiss & Otto v. Holten in 1922 to 1924.


Note:  Fin de siècle illustration by Raphael Kirchner

Leave a Reply

Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)

Fashionpedia - The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design

Fashionpedia - The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design

FASHIONPEDIA is a visual fashion dictionary covering all the technical terms from style to material to production with illustrations and infographics. It encompasses rich, extensive information and yet is easy to read. Whether you are an industry insider or a fashion connoisseur, FASHIONPEDIA is all you will ever need to navigate the fashion scene.

Textilepedia. The Complete Fabric Guide.

The Textile Manual is an encyclopaedia of textile information, from material to yarn, from fabric structure to the finishing process. Encompassing practical tips for a range of textiles and detailed visuals, this ultra-accessible manual is the perfect companion for fashion aficionados and aspiring fashion designers.


Couture: then and now Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically.