British fashion influences and a melting Arctic at the Nordic Museum 2019

By on December 25, 2018
Erik Liljeroth

The Nordic Museum is currently working on two large exhibition projects that open to the public in 2019. On March 29, opens British so into the Nordic countries and in the autumn it is time for the Arctic – while the ice melts.

British so into the Nordic countries offers British influences on Nordic fashion and lifestyle. A story that stretches from the Middle Ages to today through fabrics, patterns, clothing and phenomena that have been formed into a part of everyday life in the Nordic countries.

– Visitors will see examples of fabrics imported from the UK to the Nordic countries, such as Harris Tweed and Libertyfabrics, and has been used in folksy garments, blouses and in completely Nordic design. For example, a certified tartan kilt, with patterns and colors inspired by traditional costumes from the countryside around the Dellens lakes, says Helen Persson, head of the Center for Costume and Fashion at the Nordic Museum.

The exhibition is based on the Nordic Museum’s costume and fashion collection and a few borrowing. It will show a wide selection of garments and outfits. Here you will find luxury products such as embroidery and woolen fabrics, outdoor and sports styles, men’s costumes, subcultures’ clothes and ordinary everyday clothes such as jumper and cardigan.

Contemporary Nordic fashion designers that are inspired by British styles and fabrics is included. Famous British brands in fashion that have influenced and whose clothes are worn by people in the Nordic countries are also represented, such as Mary Quant, Fred Perry, Mulberry and Burberry. The oldest item in the exhibition is from the 1340s and the youngest comes from an autumn and winter collection for 2018. It is British – in Nordic!

The Arctic – while the ice melts want to tell about and create an experience of the arctic area that parts of the Nordic culture have their roots in. About the people who live in communities and cities surrounded by icebergs, taiga, tundra, mountains and glaciers living in a changing landscape marked by climate change.

– We want to bring a grand feeling of being in the Arctic. Climate change creates cracks in living conditions and the adaptation to a changed world goes as fast as possible in the Arctic. But even in our part of the world things happen. What is going on in the Arctic is affected by those who do not live there. The Arctic is thus at home for all of us, says Matti Shevchenko Sandin, exhibition producer.

The exhibition is based on, among other things, Hallwyl’s guest professor Lotten Gustafsson Reinius research on the theme People in the Arctic in the light of climate change, a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Nordic Museum. The Nordic Museum collaborates with the exhibition designers MUSEEA and documentary photographer Camilla Andersen, who will participate in the exhibition with a number of short films, produced in collaboration with Hallwyl’s professorship, Stockholm University and the Nordic Culture Fund.

The exhibition has also received a large contribution from FORMAS, the Research Council for Sustainable Development, to create an exhibition where research, form and visual technology create a unique museum experience.

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