born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1963. She studied art history and French at Paris-Lodron University in Salzburg. In 1988 she took her doctorate, for which she had been the recipient of a research grant from the French government, with distinction.
Since 1990 she has been head curator of the Fashion Image Collection at the Lipperheidesche Costume Library (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), the world’s largest prints collection and specialist library dealing with the cultural history of clothing and fashion. As an art historian specialising in fashion, Adelheid Rasche has curated numerous exhibitions and is the author of books and essays in the field. She has often sat on specialist juries and serves as a consultant on fashion history and fashion as cultural heritage.