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Wiener Chic: A Locational History of Vienna Fashion

Wiener Chic: A Locational History of Vienna Fashion

By Susan Ingram & Markus Reisenleitner 

"The book that Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner have coauthored is a masterpiece which isn’t afraid to own up to its scholarly rigor. Equally satisfying to the coffee table book skimmer as it will be to the serious student of fashion and history, Wiener Chic: a Locational History of Vienna Fashion is a book that attempts to expose the preconditions of history which have given rise to the dynamism of Vienna fashion."—Insights Magazine

Vienna may not be a city of fashion per se, but it is a fashionable city, a city which historically has been structured by changing fashions and fashionable appearances, by the tortured yet glittering facades of personalities and buildings. Like the Litfaßsäule in Orson Welles’s 1949 urban noir masterpiece The Third Man, into which Harry Lime escapes in order to avoid capture and which hapless visitors today presume are merely surfaces for advertising, and like the stolen letter left prominently on display in Poe's short story, Vienna wears its charms on its sleeve, confident they won't be recognized. By focusing on cinematic and institutional mediations of fashion and style, Wiener Chic explores and re-narrates the historical formations of Vienna's urban imaginary. It takes the material dimension of urban culture seriously and mobilizes fashion as a structure of visibility that can direct the critical gaze at revealing aspects of the urban fabric from facades to festivals. 

200 pages
Intellect Ltd, 2014
7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
ISBN 9781783201846
Austrian History, Fashion 

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