Fashion has never been more exciting, diverse and personal than it is today. Teaching its students to take clear and independent positions in the fashion world is the declared educational aim of the Department of Fashion Design at the Angewandte, whether in distilling zeitgeist into cogent fashion statements or exploring visions for the future.
Since the early 1980s internationally renowned fashion stars such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Raf Simons and Bernhard Willhelm have headed the fashion program. The training it offers centers on the conception, production, presentation and staging of independent, innovative fashion collections at the highest level of handwork and technique.
Students enjoy a wide-ranging curriculum encompassing essential skills such as patternmaking, drapery, sewing, knitting and other garment-making techniques, as well as courses in drawing, fashion illustration and design. Within the framework of lectures, seminars and proseminars, students engage in an exploration of historical and contemporary fashion and of the present-day fashion market and the positioning it demands.
Every year, the students' work is presented in one of Austria's most talked-about and widely covered fashion events, the Show Angewandte. Its high artistic level and the opportunities at stake are underlined by the numerous prizes awarded at the show, whereby the international jury of experts invited to Vienna is a key network builder.
Great emphasis is also put on accompanying and supporting students' participation in international competitions, on publication in fashion magazines, and on career development. For this purpose the Department cultivates a far-reaching national and international network. Graduates of the Department of Fashion Design have founded their own flourishing labels: for instance Bless, Ute Ploier and Wendy&Jim. They also occupy leading positions in the national and international fashion trade, working for renowned houses such as Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Prada and Maison Martin Margiela.
Thanks to the continually high quality of the training it offers and its numerous successful graduates, the Department of Fashion Design is a talent factory that numbers among Europe's most important educational facilities for contemporary fashion worldwide. The Angewandte is the sole institution in Austria to offer a fashion design program culminating in a university degree.