Exhibitions

Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia

Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia
Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia

Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia


January 10, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Folk Dress. National Costume. Bunad. Gákti. What are these and who has the right to wear them? Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia examines current efforts to revive, preserve, or innovate styles of dress emblematic of particular historical, regional, religious, or ethnic identities.

Based on fieldwork with wearers and artists, including tailors, designers, shoemakers, leather workers, jewelers and silversmiths, the exhibition highlights the experiences, opinions, and creativity of individuals. Many historical and newly-made garments and accessories will be featured, illustrating the ways traditional dress and notions of the past can become tools for negotiating what it means to be Scandinavian in the 21st century

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