In her Everlasting Collection 2 fashion show, the Austrian designer Susanne Bisovsky presents the ongoing development
of her twelve everlasting pieces of clothing, giving an insight into her unusual approach to the subject of traditional
costume. Susanne Bisovsky has found her home in fashion in working with Middle-European traditional costume. Fascinated by
its richness of detail, materiality, and functionality, Bisovsky has worked on one and the same collection for more than twenty
years and expanded it with a historical context. Concentrating on grown pieces of clothing that retain their value over years
the artists position is directly antithetic to the modern throwaway society. The work of the designer was first presented
by the MAK in 2005 already in the show AUSTRIAN LOOK. Susanne Bisovsky: The Everlasting Collection.
Bisovskys work outside the mainstream has already drawn the attention of international fashion houses: J. C. Castelbajac,
Helmut Lang, Gössl, Kathleen Madden, Austrian Embroideries, or Sportalm have bought her designs.
The occasion for the second MAK/ZINE is provided by three MAK exhibitions on the same subject that are being shown in parallel. THINGS: plain & simple is understood as an artistic and cultural-historical plea for the ideals of plainness and simplicity of form.
Contributions by Elfriede Jelinek and Detlev Schöttker as well as Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Christian Höller, Fatima Naqvi,
Elisabeth von Samsonow, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Johannes Wieninger, interviews Jasper Sharp / Doris Krüger and Simon Rees
/ Jan Norrman, German/English, 144 pages, MAK/Volltext Vienna 2012.