Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Best of Wiener Werkstätte

One of my favorite parts of running a vintage clothing shop is researching the historical facts and dating the pieces I am selling, and always come upon designers of the past and their garments. So  when when I first discovered Wiener Werkstätte my eyes lit up - I thought flamboyant, stylish, exquisite and beautiful dress making.

Founded in 1903, Wiener Werkstätte, translates to “Vienna Workshops,” started by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser was one of the longest-lived design movements of the twentieth century and a key organization for the development of modernism. Centered in the Austrian capital the primary goal of the company was to bring good design and craft into all areas of life within the fields of ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture, and the graphic arts.

Ankle-length coat with hood

Fashion and textiles became one of the most lucrative parts of the Wiener Werkstätte, influencing the dress of stylish Viennese women and artists and designers abroad catered mostly to women and employed two clothing designers and some 80 artists and craftsmen to design textiles, lace, needlework, hats, bags and other fashion accessories.

Lady in a shirred on the sides reform dress with hood

Silk Dress, 1924 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wiener Werkstätte 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty exhibition on view at the
Neue Galerie New York Museum for German and Austrian Art
from October 26, 2017 through January 29, 2018

 Printed silk wool grosgrain Wiener Werkstätte dress shoes
 (from the collection of Wein Museum)

A very wide coat and turban - Photographed by Madame d'ora

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