Female model with fashion from Austria
© Maximilian Attila Bartsch

Show of Austrian fashion

Vienna is not a typical fashion venue like Paris of Milan. Nevertheless, the city has produced a few exceptional talents who enjoy great international recognition. These talents, who come from Austria, work here or completed their training here, are the focus of an exhibition at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna.

The exhibition SHOW OFF. Austrian Fashion Design starts at the end of the 1970s with the late work of Rudi Gernreich, who fled the Nazis for the USA in 1938, where he became one of the 20th century's most influential creators of fashion. The visionary fashion designer was far ahead of his time; his designs were daring and unusual. He is above all known for being the inventor of unisex fashion and the monokini.

Female model with fashion from Austria

Schella Kann, leather outfit, FW 1992

© Rudi Molacek
Female model with fashion from Austria

Susanne Bisovsky, viennesechiccaoutchouc no. 2, August 2014

© Wolfgang Pohn

Known by the international fashion industry

A mood of euphoria gripped the Viennese fashion scene in the 1980s. With U-Mode, Vienna got its own fair for avant-garde fashion, which was held in the former trendy disco U4. The fashion pioneer Helmut Lang, Austria's best-known fashion export, was already on the jury at the time, the designer duo Schella Kann is still part of the Viennese fashion scene.

The label Wendy Jim has been a figurehead of the Viennese fashion scene since the 1990s. Susanne Bisovsky represents Viennese chic with her timeless designs. The Tyrolean Andreas Kronthaler has launched his own fashion line "Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood" in London. Marina Hoermanseder causes a sensation with corset and leather fashion from Berlin. The Viennese Arthur Arbesser now lives in Milan and is a new darling of the international fashion industry. And the latest shooting star from Vienna is Kenneth Ize.

Extravagant shoes

Carolin Holzhuber, SYNCHRONICITY_SYNC 2, Synchronicity FW 2019/20

© Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Female model with fashion from Austria

Marina Hoermanseder, Bubble Vase 1, FW 2017/18

© Maximilian Attila Bartsch

A total of 50 fashion designers are represented in the exhibition with their significant designs; in addition, 30 photographers from Elfie Semotan to Andreas H. Bitesnich give an insight into Austrian fashion photography with their works. Formative events and magazines are also part of the exhibition.

SHOW OFF. Austrian Fashion Design

February 14 - August 30, 2020

Please note: Due to the current situation, opening hours of the individual institutions may have changed. Please inform yourself before your visit to the museums.

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse (Cobbled Street)
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

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The exhibition can also be seen online at https://show-off.net.

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