Women's History Month: Gerda Wegener
Artist Gerda Wegener is best known for her fashion illustrations in such publications as Journal des dames at des modes, found in the Libraries' special collecations, as well as Vogue and La Vie Parisienne.
Her first husband, artist Einar Wegener, was her frequent and favorite (female) model, an alter-ego that they called "Lili". As Gerda became more and more successful in her artistic career, Einar did more modeling for her than his own artwork. He eventually, with his wife's support, had the first known sexual reassignment surgery to become a woman, Lili Elbe. Once the surgery was completed, the Danish government declared the Wegener's marriage null and void, as the government refused to recognize a marital union of two women.
Gerda Wegener: La vie parisienne