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
wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles
12th June - 10th September 2015
Textile is a topic coming to the forefront of general discourse more often than ever before, and it is also emulated in artistic and museum settings where its very nature is being explored. The new exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Graz - wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles
does just that, and through a compilation of artistic positions, aims to investigate this renaissance of textile, its history, its effects, or contemporary uses and applications. The exhibition offers a veritable and intriguing inquiry into the realities of textiles today, looking at the paradoxes for example, of the pre-fabricated wear-and-tear on your denim, simulating what once stood for hard work, or shedding a light on the continuous loss of traditional handicraft techniques which are giving way to globalisation. It’s a truly pensive reflection on textile, not just as a material good, but also as an idea and a medium. A rich supporting programme on Thursday nights is running all through the exhibit, so put it on your summer bucket list!
Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien
Burgring 2, 8010 Graz
Vienna Biennale: Ideas for Change
11th June- 4th October 2015
Combining art, design and architecture in equal measure, all underlined with the grand purpose of generating innovative ideas for changing the world we live in, the Vienna Biennale
is the ultimate interdisciplinary art initiative in the city. Vienna itself becomes a vital part of the Biennale, serving not only as a host to the many invited and participating visionaries from various fields, but also as a springboard and testing ground for the practical application of the innovative approaches. Urban life becomes the focus of this years’ Biennale, offering many exhibitions revolving around the topic of modern cities, urban futures or social art. Dedicate your summer to the informative and highly enjoyable programme!
Textile Kultur Haslach
19th- 31st July 2015
Every year, the Textile Kultur Haslach
organises its Summer Symposium - a two week long event filled with courses, exhibitions, tours and more. This summer, the focus falls on the theme of carpets, so expect a programme tailored to it, including two special exhibitions. The first one, a travelling exhibit called ARTAPESTRY features four contemporary tapestry artists, while DIE TREIBEN´S GANZ SCHÖN BUNT shows the works of Moroccan carpet makers, approaching the art from a different cultural perspective. The accompanying courses about various textile production techniques, modes of production or design processes are all open for you to enroll in, so plan this into your summer holidays for extra added creative effect!
Berlin Fashion Week
6th- 10th July 2015
Berlin Fashion Week
is often on our summer to-do list, and not just for the German fashion. Numerous trade shows, exhibitions, events, and mingling opportunities for all fashion minded people descend over the city for a few days, turning it into a melting-pot of creative prowess. Austrians too take to the runways, presenting alongside an international designer base and audience. This time around Lena Hoschek
, Rebekka Ruetz
and the half-Austrian Marina Hoermanseder
are representing, and we’ll be watching!
Austrian Graduate Fashion Shows
The end of term for the fashion students of the fine art schools, colleges and universities of Austria means one thing- showing off, in the best sense possible. The graduate students take to the runways with their painstakingly developed designs, closing off a chapter of their education, hoping for holding on to a career in the business. One of the most awaited shows- that of the Angewandte students, comes especially anticipated this year, as it is the pupils of Hussein Chalayan who are taking the stage. NJAL
is streaming the Show live, and we know you will be watching. Show Angewandte 15
Kunsthalle Wien / Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
Another one of the grad shows on our list is the Modeschule Hetzendorf ‘Light and Shadow’ performance. Awards will also be given out, all in a wonderful location, presenting over 200 student designed pieces. Let the Shows begin!Modeschule Hetzendorf Show 2015
17th- 18th June
Graz has design interwoven into its city fabric, but for one month each year, the Designmonat Graz
Festival takes it into ground-breaking territory. Hosting one load of exhibitions, workshops, collaborations and turning the city into a true design mecca, the festival acts as a platform for the visualisation of ideas in all their forms. Creative minds, enthusiasts, professionals and everyone in between will be coming together for presenting and experiencing design, this year focusing on the topic of Design in Public Space. Make sure you stay a while during May, study the programme and consume it all!
1st May - 31st May
Over-consumption of fashion is a real issue nowadays, casting a dark shadow over our shopping-obsessed society. The effects it has on the economy, the environment, or on human poverty, are some of the focal points of the poignant exhibit at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Exploring these themes and offering a critical glimpse on the realities of the fashion industry today, the exhibition also features a so called ‘Laboratory’, set on delving more into the alternative possibilities of design, such as recycling or upcycling. Subsequently, Fast Fashion: The Dark Side of Fashion
also sheds some light on the individual consumer’s role and responsibility in all of this, and so creates a well-balanced picture, encouraging active thinking about the many serious implications of fast fashion.
Until 20th September 2015
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe