Object Highlight: Silk dress by Gertrud Höchsmann

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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