Designer Dodo was born Dörte Wolff into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany on 10 February 1907. She studied design at the progressive Reimann Schule from 1923–26, then worked in Berlin as a fashion illustrator and contributed to the satirical magazine ULK. During this period, she also began signing her works as ‘DODO’, her nickname since birth. In the early 1930s, she underwent psychoanalysis with Jung's assistant in Zurich, her often hallucinatory artwork from this period, including 'Verkündigung' (Annunciation), reflects her troubled state of mind. In 1936 she immigrated to England, where she undertook fashion, packaging and greeting cards commissions and illustrated children’s books under the name ‘Dodo Adler’. Post-war she increasingly focused on her own art, taking classes in Hampstead, drawing and painting still lives, landscapes and nude studies. Dodo died in London, England on 22 December 1998, aged 91. The first retrospective of her work, 'Dodo (1907–1998) – A Life in Pictures' was held at the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin in 2012, curated by Dr Adelheid Rasche, before transferring in part to Ben Uri Gallery and Museum later the same year.