Wien Museum - Skin Deep. Hair Dressers, Barbers, Beauticians

The Wien Museum (Karlsplatz, Vienna) the city's museum of art and culture, presents "Skin Deep"; an interesting exhibition which focuses on the practices and meanings of modern body care and styling from the eighteenth century onwards.
Hairdressing and Barber’s Salon Eduard Hlawáček, 1910 © Wien Museum
The desire to style one’s own body has given rise to a whole range of techniques, products and, above all, specific occupations, such as barber, hairdresser, cosmetician and wigmaker. In fact, beauty has always been and remains a product of work. Equally, just as people “work on” their bodies, they have always oriented themselves towards norms, conventions and, not least, models. A prominent example is Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose obsession with hair and beauty became something of a trademark.
The exhibition also examines the emergence and symbolism of specific trends and styles, such as the bob cut for women, long hair for men or the 1980's punk hairdos for both sexes.
Shampoo-Powder, Elida Company, around 1935 © Wien Museum
Magazine Cover „Friseurjugend“, December 1950 © Wien Museum
Advertisement for "Pitralon", around 1960 © Wien Museum
Punk at the "Donauinselfest" (photo by Didi Sattmann), 1996 © Wien Museum

Start date: April 19, 2018
End date: January 6, 2019
Address: Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Wien
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