ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai

ReFashioning Austria at the Liu Haisu Art Museum Shanghai © Michael Dürr

Shanghai 2016 / ReFashioning Austria

With contributions from more than 70 Austrian designers and artists, the show covers a wide range of styles and contemporary perspectives, and provides a snapshot into the Austrian fashion scene.

By kind invitation of the Liu Haisu Art Museum and on behalf of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, an exciting exhibition will open in  Shanghai this winter. Entitled “ReFashioning Austria”, it will give an insight into the diverse creative spectrum of the Austrian fashion scene and will run from 9th to 26th December 2016. The exhibition will include works from the fields of fashion, textiles, photography and animation over the past 20 years, as well as  presenting new projects that have been specially commissioned for the event. 

ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai

Photographer Michael Dürr

ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai
ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai

More than 70 Austrian designers and artists on show

Curating the exhibition is Claudia Rosa Lukas, designer and editor of AUSTRIANFASHION.NET. With contributions from more than 70 Austrian designers and artists, the show will cover a wide range of styles and contemporary perspectives, and provide a snapshot into the Austrian fashion scene.

"After New York, Paris, London, Milan and Berlin, Austrian fashion design will take on an even greater metropolis: Shanghai. Around 30 creations by Austrian designers and artists, exhibited in the Liu Haisu Art Museum, will offer a sophisticated look at the current Austrian fashion scene. 

High quality, innovative and experimental design from the likes of Ute Ploier, Arthur Arbesser and Marina Hoermanseder will be on show here. I am convinced that the exhibition ‘ReFashioning Austria’ will make a lasting impression on visitors, opening their eyes to  the creativity of Austrian designers and drawing on an increasing attentiveness in China to experimental fashion design."


ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai

Exhibition view

ReFashioning Austria Exhibition, Shanghai

Focus on exceptional quality and innovation

The focus of the exhibition will be selected outfits and collection pieces, which all stand out as examples of high quality, innovative and experimental design. With such pieces Austria is establishing itself on the international stage.

The show will also include works of photography, illustration and animation. Insights into the history of Austrian fashion and its teachVing establishments will round off the show.

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This close collaboration with the Liu Haisu Art Museum Shanghai will kick off in July 2016 with a joint project at the renowned Dong-hua University. Selected students will attend a workshop on Austria's rich cultural heritage, inspired by the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) und fin-de-siècle fashion designer Emilie Flöge.


ReFashioning Austria
Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai
1609, W. Yan’an Road
Shanghai 200052
Opening Ceremony: 8. December 2016
Exhibition dates: 9. – 26. December 2016
Artistic direction: Claudia Rosa Lukas
Liu Haisu Art Museum: Vera Bao

Exhibition catalogue

Claudia Rosa Lukas, Designer and Curator 

Fashion design in combination with new marketing strategies, online publishing and the development of efficient networks are the focuses of Claudia’s work. She studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna under the industry’s greats: Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Marc Bohan and Jean Charles de Castelbajac. She went on to study Media Design and Information Management at the Arts University in Berlin, Donau Universität Krems and at London’s Central Saint Martins College. She founded her own, self-titled label in 2002, and has partaken in reputable competitions collecting numerous awards.  

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