Haut_und_Haar_PR_Foto_13.jpg
Punk at the "Donauinselfest" (photo by Didi Sattmann), 1996 © Wien Museum

Skin Deep. Hair Dressers, Barbers, Beauticians

The exhibition “Skin Deep” at Wien Museum deals with the practices and meanings of modern body care and styling from the eighteenth century onwards. It focuses on shaving, hair care and cosmetics in the Viennese context.

The desire to style one’s own body has given rise to a whole range of techniques, products and, above all, specific occupations, such as barber, hairdresser, cosmetician and wigmaker. In fact, beauty has always been and remains a product of work. Equally, just as people “work on” their bodies, they have always oriented themselves towards norms, conventions and, not least, models. A prominent example is Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose obsession with hair and beauty became something of a trademark. Finally, the exhibition is about the symbolism of specific trends and styles, such as the bob cut for women and long hair for men.

19 April 2018 - 6 January 2019

Wien Museum Karlsplatz
1040 Vienna, Karlsplatz 8

Skin Deep.Hair Dressers, Barbers, Beauticians

More News

14 September 2019
Oliviero Toscani United Colors of Benetton

Oliviero Toscani at Atelier Jungwirth

The Milan-born photographer is coming to Graz as a part of his travelling project Razza Umana.

14 September 2019
Festival-Kampagne-2019.jpg

Vienna Design Week 2019

The 13th edition of Austria’s largest curated design festival comes back to Vienna at the end of September.

28 August 2019
Modified Paradise-Dress-AnotherFarm.jpg

Ars Electronica Festival 2019

One of the world’s largest media art venues celebrates its 40th anniversary with a showcase for creativity and innovation.

28 August 2019
KGM-AfroFutures-Lamula-Anderson-Magic-Owen.jpg

Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

A dedicated exhibition to the complex and versatile world of fashion design and hair styling of African origin.

30 July 2019
Sigalit-Landau-Swan.jpg

Sigalit Landau. Salt Years

Objects baptised by the Dead Sea and revealing an ethereal quality of the timelapse of life.

13 July 2019
Claxton_Topless-bathing-suit-by-Gernreich.jpg

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich

The exhibition underscores the fashion pioneer’s forward-looking embrace of gender fluidity and body positivity.