Bra Wars


On November 23rd, Hermann Vaske’s new film „Bra Wars – Hollywood’s affair with the bra. From Cleopatra to Princess Leia and beyond.“ premiers on Arte at 10:20 pm. The film tells the exciting story of the crossrelation of the bra and Hollywood movies.

Camille Paglia

Bra Wars features fashion designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Chantal Thomass, actresses like Debi Mazar (“Batman Forever”), actors like Stephen Dorff (“Somewhere”) and Michael Madsen (“Kill Bill”), models like Eva Padberg, pornstars like Cicciolina and Kitten Natividad, Authors and Film Historians like Camille Paglia and James Hosney and legendary directors like Russ Meyer.

Jean Paul Gaultier

The documentary is about the crossrelation of lingerie, pop and movies and will discuss lingerie, bras and sexy outfits as a symbol of female sexuality and how it is used, perceived and shown in the movies.

Chantal Thomass

It will be explored through modern and traditional lenses and will be discussed as an empowering, dis-powering and controlling tool for both sexes.

Michael Madsen

Examples from Louise Brooks, Jayne Manfield, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, Nicole Kidman and others will be shown in interviews with film directors, actresses, artists and film historians.


Hermann Vaske Filmography