These threads all hail from Austria, each telling its own unique story about the history of the country and its citizens. Take a look at these special outfits – all now generally extinct, with the exception of fancy dress parties.
This decorative, overtly feminine dress, sported by Maria Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music, is a status symbol of old-school Austria. Made up of a fitted bodice sewn onto a long, flowing skirt, and embellished with lace and frills, it is an incredibly old-fashioned and antiquated piece of attire. It was originally worn by women farm workers during the 19th century in the Alps and was later adopted by women of the upper classes, settling as a high-fashion must-have. Today, it is worn as fancy dress at parties, or at events such as Oktoberfest, however the modern version is much lighter than the original.
Made of silk and golden threads, with embellished golden hoods and embroidered with sequins, goldhauben were worn by women of the upper classes around Austria and Germany between the 17th and 19th centuries as part of the national costume culture. The production process of the hoods was arduous, requiring meticulous embroidery skills to create the characteristic intricate patterns. Today they are resurrected as part of fancy dress, although today’s replicas are not as lavish as the originals.
Originating from the Austrian town of Styria, this grey, tailored military-style suit with bottle-green lapels was designed in the 19th century and originally worn by those wanting to be rebellious or reject the laws set by the Austrian Imperial Court – resulting in the outfit being banned in 1823. These attitudes were later abandoned and the suit became a popular choice for the Viennese upper classes, with Emporer Franz Joseph I sporting the iconic outfit.
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