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Spend a morning in lost Vienna: A once-fashionable society

Travel to early 20th-century Vienna, the playground of the fashion elite before the beginning of WWII

The glamour of fin-de-siècle Vienna under the enlightened rule of the Emperor Franz Joseph I was the envy of continents. An intellectualised cosmopolitan society, an experimental arts movement and an exploding political landscape transformed the city into a locus of excitement for many – especially so for repressed European Jewish communities who flocked to Vienna to find acceptance and belonging.

Event curated by Distinguished Professor, Dr Peter McNeil (UTS).

Session I:
Good Living Street: The Fortunes Of My Viennese Family

This story of a city’s fashionable life is reflected in the history of the Bonyhady clan: a wealthy Jewish family of sophisticates in Vienna who emigrated to Australia as the Nazis took power and darkness descended upon Europe.

Author of Good Living Street: The Fortunes Of My Viennese Family, Tim Bonyhady shares the story of his forebears, their once-exalted position in fashionable Vienna and their adaptation to living in Australia.

Session II:
Viennese Men & Fashion: 1890-1938

Jonathan C. Kaplan expands upon Viennese society’s fashion and fortunes at the turn of the century in Lost Vienna: Men and Fashion.

Iconic as one of the birthplaces of modernist culture, Vienna was home to highly visible and influential Jewish figures instrumental in the development of psychology, literature, music, and the visual arts. Kaplan examines the interlinked codes, aesthetic preoccupations and social roles of Jewish men, from bohemian to dandy, in Vienna from 1890–1938.

Session III:
Lost Vienna: A Fashionable Society

Distinguished Professor of Fashion, Art and Design History, Dr Peter McNeil, joins Kaplan and Bonyhady for a panel discussion on dress, politics and communities in Vienna at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Capacity: 50

Please note: One ticket to this event includes all 3 sessions.

Catering and refreshments will be offered during a short break.

Image: Illustration by Jonathan C Kaplan, 2014.



Sunday 7 April 2019 from 10.30am to 1pm

Due to high demand, booking is essential.


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