Adelheid Rasche, Dr. phil., studied History of Art and Romance Studies at the universities of Salzburg and Rheims. She was awarded a doctorate in 1987. Since 1990 she has been the Director of the Fashion Pictures Collection in the Lipperheide Costume Library (Art Library, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). Her work has included numerous exhibitions, publications and research on the cultural history of clothing and fashion, the fashion and luxury industries, dance and fashion photography and fashion caricatures.