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The Fashion and Textiles collection brings together fiber arts and fashion beyond conventional distinctions of applied and fine art. It is thus closely linked to the other departments of Collection and Archive on various levels. In research, teaching and curatorial projects we situate the holdings of the department within current strands in art/fashion history and theory, cultural, gender and postcolonial studies. We are thereby striving to promote discourses both inside and outside the university, focusing on issues and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, fault lines and incommensurabilities.

Bolster in Handform, mit hellblau, dunkelbau, organem Muster, wird von einer Person hochgehalten, diese vom Bolster verdeckt
KM 8518

Wiener Times, #SS2002 Bolster Dagobert Peche Cutout Morris Mashup col. multicolour, 2020,

Photo: Maria Ziegelböck

Person zieht einen rot bedruckten, hellgrauen Pullover über den Kopf, im Vordergrund sind zwei Figuren von Katzen zu sehen
KM 8478

Not my Hoodie (toxik), from Ciphers of Regression, exhibition by the painting class, 2019

Photo: Martina Lajczak

From Maria Likarz-Strauss to Wiener Times. From Josef Frank to Constanze Schweiger. From Gertrud Höchsmann to Grace Wales Bonner. From Victorian dress reform to the bodice to the hoodie.

KM 8573

Anna Schmedes, Wiener Werkstätte
um 1925

Photo: Manuel Carreon Lopez, kunst-dokumentation.com

KM 8278

Eduard Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill
Fish Brooch
1950 - 1960

The Fashion and Textiles collection currently comprises approximately 8.000 objects. Its heterogeneous structure reflects the complex functional history of the holdings at the university. At the end of the 19th century, garments were collected to serve as tools in the education of historicist and orientalist painting at the former Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule. Only in the 1910s were the objects first catalogued and used in the artistic training of the students. Beginning in the 1950s, the Department of Costume Studies started to compile clothes from different contexts in order to showcase an ethnographic and formalist history of the development of garments. When the former Collection of Costumes and Fashion was affiliated with Collection and Archive in 2004, this again led to a change of status of the textile objects: acquisitions to the collection in recent years particularly documented works by faculty members and former students, as well as their fashion labels. Most recently, we put particular emphasis on works that relate on different levels to objects in the collection or are situated at the intersections of fashion, textile and art.

Focal points

  • Fred Adlmüller
  • Friedrich Berzeviczy-Pallavicini
  • Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
  • Josef Frank
  • Adele List
  • Gertrud Höchsmann
  • Workshop of Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska
  • Franz Čižek’s children’s classes
  • Objects from the collection of the artist Mileva Roller
  • Works by fashion designers who work(ed) at or are associated with the University of Applied Arts since the inception: Fred Adlmüller, Marc Bohan, Henning Bohl, Veronique Branquinho, Hussein Chalayan, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang, Rosalia Rothansl, Margarete Rader-Soulek, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Bernhard Willhelm and Eduard Wimmer-Wisgrill
  • Fabrics and clothing by artists of the Wiener Werkstätte: Camilla Birke, Emilie Flöge, Mathilde Flögl, Josef Hoffmann, Anton Hofer, Lilly Jacobsen, Hilda Schmidt-Jesser, Maria Likarz-Strauss, Reni Schaschl, Dagobert Peche, Felice Rix, Max Snischek, Vally Wieselthier, Josef Hoffmann, Eduard Wimmer-Wisgrill, Koloman Moser, Ugo Zovetti
  • Works by former students of the university, among them Tanja Bradaric (SAGAN Vienna), Anna-Sophie Berger, George Bezani, Christof Cremer, Astrid Deigner, Larissa Falk, Franziska Fürpass (FEMME MAISION), Ursi Fürtler, Christiane Gruber (Awareness&Consciousness), Dalia Hassan, Markus Hausleitner (House of the very Island's), Peter Holzinger (superrated & SAMSTAG), Kenneth Ize, Karin Krapfenbauer (House of the very Island's), Marc Thomas Merz, Flora Miranda, Taro Ohmae (SAGAN Vienna), Christoph Rumpf, Anna Schwarz, Constanze Schweiger, SEMI DEI
  • Clothing, shoes and accessories from the 17th century to today

Collection and Archive
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Collection Fashion and Textiles
Postgasse 6 / 1st floor
1010 Vienna

Exhibitions and loans
Laura Egger-Karlegger
+43 1 71133 2846