At once frenzied yet under control, the style of Viennese fashion designer Susanne Bisovsky is quite disorienting: it makes me wonder what fashion era it belongs to… it’s not often that you see a dress that would look perfectly at home in the 16th century and in the year 2056.

With bursting colors and rich fabrics, Bisovsky’s designs are influenced by the tracht, the Viennese traditional costume. Though she worked for high fashion labels (J.C. de Castelbajac, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang), she refused to be a player in the “traditional fashion game” and focused on developing her own unmistakable look and style. Layered skirts, bodices, headpieces one gloves and neck ruffs pay tribute to culture, history and technique, punctuated by her signature rose. See more of her stunning collections here.

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