Friday, November 19, 2021

Nordic Fashion Redux

While I was in Seattle in 2011, the Nordic Heritage Museum was hosting the Nordic Fashion Biennale (NFB). Designers from Iceland, Greenland, The Faroes, Denmark, Norway and Sweden moved their wildly diverse creations into the museum for a six week run. When I say moved into, I mean right into the existing museum exhibits! Curated by New York–based visual and performance artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (AKA "Shoplifter"), the resulting show was often amusing, sometimes sublime, and always fascinating. Many of the modern designer fashions fit right into the depictions of immigrant life from the 19th century:

The model on the left is based on the Faroese novel Barbara:

Vivid colors contrasting with subtle tones:

While some fashions were a bit more outré:

And others were downright scary:

Everybody can use a new pair of shoes:

Some were simply stunning:

Even the Patchwork garments had pizzazz:

I've been on a Faroes kick lately and was pleased to find that they were well represented here:

The Seattle area is home to the greatest number of people of Icelandic descent in the United States. The museum is located in the Ballard district, where large numbers of Norwegians, Swedes and Danes also settled and that heritage still exerts a strong influence. The integration of fashion into history reflects this heritage in the best possible way—full of imagination and with a sense of humor—retaining the connection between the past and present.

Originally posted November 2011

By Professor Batty


Blogger jono said...

The pizzazz mannequin looks like it spends some time in the gym. :)

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