Soap & Skin

The frantic search for flawlessness is documented in the latest Wien Museum exhibit.

“Mit Haut und Haar. Frisieren, Rasieren, Verschönern” (Skin Deep. Hair Dressers, Barbers, Beauticians) documents the many shifts in sense of beauty, hairstyle hypes and moustache trends. Consisting of various beauty accessories from the old days of which many did not stand the test of time, the exhibition offers and enthralling journey back in time, with a special focus on Vienna and its inhabitants from the 19th century working class to the highest echelons.

Curator Susanne Breuss reveals how people tried out everything within the bounds of possibilities to achieve impeccable looks. The exhibit is also a great opportunity to investigate the magnificent rise of the sprawling cosmetics industry. Miniature soaps, razorblades and curlers but also front pages of teen magazine Bravo from the 1950s are on display.

Visit for information on opening hours and other current exhibits.

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