Once again, and for the eight year around, Graz becomes the ultimate city of design for its annual Designmonat
. There’s so much to enjoy starting from the fashion and design showcases, the SELECTED 2016 edit of the most current interior design trends in Europe, to the ‘Slow’ exhibition focusing on slow-design. Creatives from numerous disciplines come together to present and partake in this large-scale festival and celebration of design in the city, and to savour the diverse programme. The Fashion Design Festival ‘Assembly’ is a fixture this year too, so check the rich programme and try to squeeze in a few days until the end of the month!
until 29th May 2016
Atelier E.B IOTII
The artist Lucy McKenzie and the fashion designer Beca Lipscombe
come to Galerie Meyer Kainer to present their third collection entitled IOTII, also making it available to buy on the spot. The custom built boutique installation makes for a unique shopping and browsing experience, and you might not want to miss the interplay between fashion, art, and design, from a duo whose work was once shown at the MOMA in New York. Alongside this, you can check out the exhibition of Lucy McKenzie and Laurent Dupont going on in the rest of the gallery itself.
27th April- 2nd June 2016
Galerie Meyer Kainer
Fashion Utopias @ MAK
The MAK dips into the archives for its Fashion Utopias
exhibit where design drawings, ornamental prints, illustrated books, posters, and magazines from the MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection go on to prove that high-fashion is not a 20th century construct. The exhibition Fashion Utopias: Haute Couture in the Graphic Arts shows historical designs, fabrics, and drawings, confirming the peoples utopian fashion tendencies far down the line of history. It’s a study of high fashion through centuries past!
13th April- 14th September
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
One of the most respected competitions and festivals when it comes to fashion and photography is undoubtedly the annual International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères
. The south of France hosts the final 10 fashion designers and 10 fashion photographers, who all get to present themselves to the public and all be in the running for the grand prize, with the Angewandte student Yuhei Mukai
among them. The high-profile fashion insider status of the festival makes for a truly desirable place for young talents, and with its exhibitions, professional panel discussions and two competitions, its 31st edition this year will surely not disappoint!
21st- 25th April 2016
Villa Noilles, Hyères
Basic structures of ...
Running alongside the time and framework of the International Fashion Showcase and London Fashion Week, the upcoming exhibit at the Austrian Cultural Forum London
in London presents three artists - Anna-Sophie Berger
, Fay Nicholson
, and Constanze Schweiger
, with their creative practices using the vocabulary of fabric. The artworks on display are delving into the human relationships to weave, as well as the connections between the body and technology, trying to decipher the multi-layered act of the production of textiles. Complementing the fashion packed week well, Basic structures of ... goes a bit deeper with its conceptual strain.
9th February- 15th April 2016
Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ
4th March - 22nd May 2016
Mumok is presenting two young artists Kathi Hofer and Eloise Hawser, giving space to a critical examination of nostalgia as represented in the present. Hofer’s family history is in fashion, creating the iconic Austrian brand Walkjanker, which defied modern trends and technologies to focus on its tradition, featuring in the closets of some world-renowned personalities, and offers enough material to tackle the complexities of addressing history in a modern context. While Hawser also takes to objects which might seem obsolete and irrelevant, and transports them into the contemporary scene. Both Hawser and Hofer
show ways of working with fragments of the past, giving them new meanings.
17th February - 3rd April 2016
The showcase window of Vienna’s Design Office continues its tradition of presenting and promoting young talents by hosting the Slovenian-born Angewandte graduate David Tavcar
and his specially curated exhibition of design products and prototypes. Tavcar, an all-around artist who dabbles in installations, industrial and fabric design, or illustration, will be telling a story about production processes, exploring the traditional methods alongside some unique and experimental approaches.
stilwerk limited edition
window gallery curated by
VIENNA DESIGN OFFICE
1020, Praterstraße 1, c/o stilwerk Vienna
Red Threads - textileforce
If it’s insight into the complexities of the artistic textile production you’re looking for, the exhibition Red Threads is for you. The exhibit presents textile in its many manifestations, ranging from an artistic medium to a socio-cultural pinnacle, and explores the different perspectives and approaches young designers adopt nowadays. Cooperating with the Textiles - Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
, Red Threads brings in ground-breaking and fearless creativity and discourse into light.
Until 13th February 2016
Galerie der Stadt Villach Freihausgasse
Start Scholarships 2016
The Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria (BKA)
continues their START Scholarship scheme with another year of subsidies and support given out to young national talent, offering a helping hand in their industries. Altogether 95 scholarships will go out to the successful applicants from the creative areas of Arts, Architecture and Design (10), Artistic Photography (5), Video and Media art (5), Fashion (5), Music and Performing Arts (35), Film Art (5), Literature (15), and Cultural Management (5). The six-month worth of support is surely a considerable boost to the young artists out there, so if you are one of them, give it a try. Applications close at the end of March!
Berlin Fashion Week
18th- 22nd January
Kicking off the new fashion season, Berlin Fashion Week starts off the rollercoaster of a fashion month ahead with its 18th edition. The destination for the big European names, sprinkled with a good dose of quirky underground up-and-comers, Berlin Fashion Week strikes a balance well, attracting a melting pot of designers and visitors. Our very own Austrian Marina Hörmanseder
, Lena Hoschek
and Rebekka Ruetz
will once again be showcasing their new collections too, so if there, make sure you make it out to support them!
Iconic Recycling Project
An ambitious project by the University of Prague, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design sees 12 of its students tackle the controversial task of reviving a fashion house. Following in the footsteps of some of the biggest fashion design icons, the aspiring talents have created 35 pieces altogether, reinventing the style, feel, and aesthetics of Saint Laurent or Yohji Yamamoto. The designs have already been around the world, but for the first time ever in Vienna, they will also be up for sale. Come see how the students stood up to the challenge!
26 November 2015 - 9 January 2016
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna
No liability is taken for wardrobe
The master students of the trailblazing Angewandte programme ECM: Educationg/ Curating/ Managing
, are not ones to superficially scrape the surface of art and fashion issues, but delve deeper into the important questions instead. Join them for a now ongoing exhibition and discussion project which digs up the underlying drives behind fashion production, the way fashion shapes us, the angles from which it is criticised, or what our powers are within it. The ‘Textile Quarter’ becomes the centerpoint of the project, bringing in local collaborators and shedding some light on their growth. At the Angewandte Innovation Lab
, there will be curators’ talks, music, and performances, so make sure you tell your friends and enjoy some fashion discourse together!
Für Garderobe wird nicht gehaftet
10 - 20 December 2015 and 7 - 17 January 2016
AIL – Angwandte Innovation Laboratory
Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Wien
and in public space
Hyères Call for Entries
The annual spring International Festival of Fashion and Photography taking place in the idyllic south of France has helped establish some of the most prominent names and brands of the fashion and photography industry today. Already in its 31st edition this spring, the influential festival is calling for all entries within the fashion design and photography sphere
. A distinguished jury will be judging the submitted works, and many more industry authorities are set to view weight in, so if it’s exposure you seek, it’s exposure you will get. Sign up until the 25th November
and continue on to upload your portfolios and supporting documents in order to partake.
3rd- 7th November
A spin-off from the much loved Vienna Jewellery Night, this first edition of the Vienna Jewellery Days
goes to show the city’s appreciation and need for a full-blown jewellery-centered event. Inviting you to presentations, special projects, workshops, or atelier tours, the Jewellery Days certainly are offering great experiences, taking you into the backstages of the craft behind the product, and of the people behind the craft. Come learn about traditions, innovations, trends, and futures of jewellery!
30th October- 1st Novmber
needs no introduction, travelling around some of Europe’s best design cities for many years. The reason why it still has such an influential pull is that it is an inclusive and inviting way of showcasing and bringing together the multitude of talented people with a love for honest design. No mass-production, no factory standards, the pieces you get to see at the Blickfang are nothing if not unique. This year, a special exhibition on Dutch Design has been incorporated into the event, so look out for Netherland’s sharp eye for design too!
Vienna Design Week
Drawing in tens of thousands visitors each time around, Austria’s largest design festival is a creative tour de force. Vienna Design Week
seeps through every inch of the city, as it brings it to life with art, design, experimentation, culture, and aesthetics. The countless shows, expositions, events, talks, or workshops, are scattered around Vienna, making sure the visitors are exposed to design as a part of the landscape and the everyday life. Dedicate some time to look through the programme to choose your events, or simply go where the crowd takes you, either way, enjoy it!
25th September- 4th October 2015
Vogue Vienna Fashion Night Out
The Vogue Fashion Night Out
has been around for seven years, but 2015 marks the first time it takes on Vienna. Vogue Germany is standing behind the event, uniting the city’s fashion fans and shopping enthusiast under the motto ‘A Global Celebration of Fashion’. Boutiques, departments stores, and shops, will be keeping their doors open until midnight, luring you in with special deals, one-off products, or nice sales. That’s definitely some way to enjoy one of the last warm summer nights!
Austrian Fashion Awards
Fashion week calls for some ceremonious award presentations, and the Austrian Fashion Awards 2015
promises just that. Combining the prizes and nominees from the AFA itself, with the City of Vienna Fashion Prize and the Austrian Federal Chancellery Fashion Prize, some serious support is to be given out. Promising new names on the Austrian fashion scene have made the list, standing tall next to household names, making this an exciting foray into discovering, and backing fresh new talent.
1060, Lehargasse 6
Only by invitation!
MQ Vienna Fashion Week
There’s no time to slowly transition from summer, as the MQ Vienna Fashion Week
kicks off the new season right away, plunging everyone into the month of fashion. The annual event has become a much anticipated staple in Austria’s fashion scene, with our biggest design names showing their collections on the runway and in the showroom, and there is always something new and exciting to look forward to. Be it discovering new talents, appreciating the established labels, or simply enjoying a good party. The programme is extensive, so check the schedule and get your tickets!
7th - 13th September
The Paramour's Dresses
One of Salzburg Festival’s biggest draws each year is the performance of the Tragedy of the Life and Death of the Rich Man, initiated by the 1911 world première of the play Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The coveted role of the vivacious lover - Paramour has not only been played by many distinguished actresses, but has also been made famous for its exceptional costumes
. The bespoke dresses are as much a part of the Festival’s history as anything else, which is why they are put on display in an exhibition also accompanied by sketches, notes and photographs from the Festival archives, and rounded off by a film showing excerpts of relevant scenes from the productions.
Until 1st November 2015