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SPECIAL: InEquality as Elixir of Life

Culture / Special Lecture
in englischer Sprache

Vivienne Westwood is one of the most influential British fashion designers. For decades, she has consistently surprised and provoked, not only within the field of fashion. The former “Queen of Punk Rock” has long surpassed this title and now also stands for political activism.

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Introduction
Creative Director, Design Partner of Vivienne Westwood, London
Fashion Designer and Political Activist, London
Journalist, Author, TV-Presenter, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna


Creative Director, Design Partner of Vivienne Westwood, London

1980-1985 Art school with training to be a jeweller
  Experiments with varous mediums including sculpture, art installation and textiles
  Started making clothes for self-sufficiency
1985 Studies Industrial Design but then reapplies for Fashion Design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna
1988 Meets Vivienne Westwood
1989 Goes to London to work with Westwood, his works included in her collection
1993 Marriage with Vivienne Westwood
 Kronthaler stayed on with Westwood where his role progressed and grew, collaborating and working with her to develop subsequent collections. He has a less public role but their partnership is one of fashion's most formidable.


Fashion Designer and Political Activist, London

 two sons, Benjamin Arthur Westwood and Joseph Ferdinand Corre
1971 Opens first shop together with Malcolm McLaren at 430 Kings Road, London
1981 First catwalk presentation with Pirate Collection (which launched the New Romantic movement) in London
1984 Showed her collection in Tokyo alongside "Best of five"
1986 Radical change in style inspired by the 17th and 18th century
1987 Design of very first corset intended as an outer garment rather than underwear
1989 Listed one of the most influential designers in the world by John Fairchild; meets Andreas Kronthaler
1990 Appointed Professor of Fashion at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts; first complete menswar collection at Pitti Uomo in Florence
1991 Show in Tokyo alongside Christian Lacroix, Isaac Mizrahi, Francesco Moschino at the Fashion Summit
1992 First collection of watch design, Musee d'Art in Bordeaux sponsors a retrospective on her life's work
since 1993 Marriage with Andreas Kronthaler, influential work together
1993 Appointed Professor of Fashion at the Berliner Hochschule der Künste
1998 Launch of first fragrance
1999 Opening of the first US store in New York
2000 Exhibition "Vivienne Westwood" at the Museum of London
2002-2003 Opening of stores in Moscow, Hong Kong, Korea, Milan
2004-2008 Tour of the Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition, shown in over 10 cities worldwide
2005 First collection of high quality jewelry
2008-2010 Opening of stores in Beirut, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai
2010-2011 Support for Ethical Fashion Initiative together with United Nations International Trade Centre
2012 Support for eco charity Cool Earth, announcement of environmental agenda through
  "Climate Revolution" banner at the London Paralympics Closing Ceremony
2013 Annual fashion exhibition "Chaos to Couture" by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
 Vivienne Westwood today continues to show worldwide and uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change.

Mag. Clarissa STADLER

Journalist, Author, TV-Presenter, Vienna

 Studium der Handelswissenschaften an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
seit 1990 Beiträge und Texte für Zeitungen wie Der Standard und Falter sowie internationale Medien
seit 1997 Mitarbeiterin der ORF-Kulturredation, u.a. als Moderatorin in der Zeit im Bild
seit 2007 Moderation der ORF-Sendung "Kulturmontag"
2009-2012 Moderation des 3sat-Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preises

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