Archive for December, 2012

Object Highlight: Silk dress by Gertrud Höchsmann

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Gertrud Höchsmann Museum Vienna Wien Viennese Haute Couture
Gertrud Höchsmann Museum Vienna Wien Viennese Haute Couture
Elegant silk ikat dress in rust, grey, off-white and yellow. Square neck, short capped sleeves, slightly gathered around the bust, fitted at the waist, overlapping at the back. Shirt straight in front, gathered at the back and held by a sort of belt with hooks. © Museen der Stadt Wien 


This dress was designed  in 1956 by Gertrud Höchsmann  (1902 – 1990).  Höchsmann is considered an avant–garde  designer  of Viennese haute couture, known for her love of simple clear – cut designs in muted colours. She graduated from the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule, where she studied under Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl. She ran a fashion salon between 1927 and 1967. In 1959/1960 she became the head of   the fashion class at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna, where she remained until she became Professor Emeritus in 1972.


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Fashion Focus Fashion lectures at Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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europeana fashion kunstgewerbemuseum stiftung preussscher kulturbezits fashion lectures adelheid rassche
Lace Fan, France, ca. 1900 to 1920. From the collection of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The Lipperheide Costume Library of Europeana Fashion partner Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz is hosting a series of lectures on fashion in december and january.

The lecture series is titled “Mode Thema Mode” (“Fashion Focus Fashion”). The series is conceived and presented by Adelheid Rasche from  Lipperheide Costume Berlin, Art Library – State Museums Berlin. All lectures are in German.

Upcoming lectures are:

“Die Auflösung des Körpers in der Bewegung – Alexander McQueen” (“The disappearance of the body in the movement – Alexander McQueen”)

13th of December 2012: 18:00,
Gunnar Schmidt, Treves/Hamburg

“Vom Beiwerk der Mode – Accessoires aus der Sammlung des Kunstgewerbemuseums Berlin” (“The decoration in fashion – Accessoires in the fashion collection of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin (Museum of Decorative Arts)”)

17th of January 2013: 18:00,
Christine Waidenschlager, Berlin

 ”Schwung in Schwarz/Weiß – Die Filmkostüme von Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire” (“Swing in black and white – The movie costumes of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire”)

7th of February 2013: 18:00,
Katharina Tietze, Zurich

For more information, please visit Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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Learning the Tools of the Trade in Athens

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Who ever thought fashion could be such a technical affair? Well.. it is!

On 20 and the 21 November, an important Europeana Fashion workshop took place in the library building of the National Technical University Athens (NTUA). All the content partners of Europeana Fashion came together to learn how to bring their collections into the Europeana Fashion Aggregator, the system that compiles all the information from the collection databases. The tools of the trade? The EDM-fp and the MINT-tool!

The Europeana Fashion data model

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Fashion comes in many colours, the Europeana Fashion data model includes them all. This photo is © 2005 kakada licensed under a CC BY 2.0 license 

On the first day of the technical and practical sessions, partners were introduced to the Europeana Fashion data model. A data model is a structure that organises and relates all the information in a database.

Because fashion has a unique richness of materials, techniques, creators, brands, colours etc., the special Europeana Fashion data model ensures every important piece of information on a fashion object will be represented in the portal.

The data model used in Europeana Fashion is an extension of the data model used in Europeana. This Europeana Data Model has been adapted to the needs of the fashion sector, hence the name ‘EDM fashion profile’ or EDM-fp. This EDM-fp was produced by partner MoMu.

The MINT-tool

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Europeana Fashion content partners are learning the tools of the trade! The EDM-fp and the MINT-tool. This photo is © 2012 Europeana Fashion 2012  licensed under a CC BY-NC 3.0 license

After the EDM-fp, NTUA introduced their MINT-tool. This software platform helps the partners to fit their collection data into the EDM-fp for Europeana Fashion and finally for Europeana. All partners together will ingest over 700.000 objects into Europeana Fashion, so the user-friendly MINT-tool will help them get the job done!

On the second day,  a practical hands-on-session took place. Using the MINT-tool and the Europeana Data Model fashion profile, every partner ingested their own sample content under the guidance of the NTUA.

So after the two studious days, partners returned home, ready to bring their collections into the Europeana Fashion portal. The first version of the portal will be available as from May 2013.

This internal workshop was prepared by NTUA, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale (FRD) and the Fashion Museum of the Provincie of Antwerp (MoMu).

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Very studious! Henk Vanstappen and Marco Pecorari from, respectively, Europeana Fashion partner MoMu and Stockholm University. This photo is © 2012 Europeana Fashion 2012 licensed under a CC BY-NC 3.0 license

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