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PFW: Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood FW17 Collection

Andreas Kronthaler
presented his Fall Winter 2017.18 collection for  VIVIENNE WESTWOOD during the fifth day of the ongoing Paris Fashion WeekInspired by his Austrian roots, the designer pays an homage to Wiener Werkstätten, the production community of visual artists in Vienna


My life is guided by accidents and occurrences which I can’t and I don’t want to control. There are three circumstances which pointed me to make this collection. First, the Vienna Tourist Board is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Vienna Modernism. Second, I had to clear my family home and its possessions and my childhood bedroom was postered with reproductions of Klimt paintings. Center pride was Danae receiving the golden shower between her legs – which was the favorite for many years. Third, were two children’s outfits from the Wiener Werkstätten, ‘The Vienna Workshops’ (1908-1932). One is a felt two-piece costume raw-cut, decorated with alpine flowers and the second, a glorious little ‘Dirndl’. We changed the cut but kept the childish proportions. I got very interested in the period after the First World War which began as a period of hope for peace. ‑ And then the danger of things we once knew slipping away. History interests me because it throws light on the now. – Andreas Kronthaler

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