These images show the clothing traditional to the village of Kleinenbremen, in Germany's Westfalia region. Each outfit serves a purpose in social life, and often designates marital status or social standing.
The images to the right show a traditional wedding outfit. The first shows bride and groom, and then detail of the bride's dress with its intricate patterning and colors.
The next few images show a girl's dress that would be worn during her confirmation in the Catholic church. Lenya, shown in these images, wore this dress two weeks after these photos were taken in her very own confirmation service.
Life after death is a theme that finds prominence in women's clothing. Widows had a timeline of different styles of mourning outfits that they were to wear in the years following the death of their husband.