Design a la Downton Abbey-ish

At Svaneholm Castle in south of Sweden you will now be able to enjoy beautiful designs a la Downton Abbey. The cloths were owned by Swedish ladies that have lived at the castle between 1860 to 1947. The cloths were bought in Copenhagen and Stockholm, for example the M. Bendix. The castle and its surroundings are beautiful and the exhibition nice. Don’t miss out if you have the opportunity.

Happy Midsummer Time

Nice summer dresses by the Swedish designer Katja Geiger. 

And here’s another one. Happy Midsummer. Take care and have a lovely summer holiday. I’d like to thank the model who make those dresses look modern and new! Katja of Sweden is timeless and it’s shown better than ever! Thanks mate!

Katja of Sweden dress, photo by Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen

What happens in Sweden?

The 6th of June is Sweden’s National Day. We’re in many ways a quite humble people – quiet, avoiding arguments and well educated. Today however we are allowed to really celebration our country. We don’t do it with patriotism, more with a nice day with friends and family, with music and dance and good food. 

I don’t very often look back in a nostalgic way but when it comes to fashion it’s fun. There’s so much to explore and lot of the traditional cloths and colours return in a modern touch. The skirt above is from the 1970th made by Katja Geiger, one of Sweden’s first successful designers. The print makes me think of a Swedish summer day in June, like the National Day.

Art & Fashion 

 Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen 2008, photo from the book Art/Fashion in the 21st Century by Michelle Oakley Smith and Alison Kubler

Fashion today may in many ways be seen as contemporary art. They’re both comercial. Designers as well as ‘ordinary’ artists may see their work being sold in the secondary market many times. 

Museums nowadays have exclusive exhibitions showing good art craft of design. Alexander McQueen was one of those great artists but he is not alone.

The Metropolitan Museum in New York is now showing fantastic art of fashion. The new exhibition ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between’ is showing the world between fashion/art. I’m viewing the met website and I wish I could be there! It’s contemporary, wild, professional and beautiful. The wow-factor is high!

http://www.metmuseum.org

Art/Fashion in the 21st Century by Mitchell Oakley Smith and Alison Kubler  

Style with Grace Coddington, don’t miss out!

When I look at old Vogue magazines I keep admire the fantastic photos very much created by the ex Editor at the American Vogue, Grace Coddington. These photos are not only showing fashion, they all tell a story. 

Grace Coddington got famous in broader terms after the movie ‘The September Issue’. That’s when I heard about her and many with me. 

Grace Coddington was interviewed by Swedish Radio in the program Stil  (Style) a few weeks ago. The program is in both Swedish and English and you can therefore listen to it eventhough you may not speak Swedish. Don’t miss out! Stil P1 !

Katja of Sweden in Black 

During the Second World War French fashion industry was cut off and gave the American designers an opportunity to prosper.* Those designers were often promoted by Dorothy Slater at the Lord & Taylor who bought Katja Geiger’s first collection and therefore helped Katja with her start of a long design career. The brand Katja of Sweden was born. Katja Geiger was a successful designer for many years, creating beautiful designs that today can be found in good vintage stores. Here is one of the dresses.

Katja of Sweden dress. Photo by Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen. Model Anonymous.

Traditional patterns were often used together with strong colours. A black dress like the one above was therefore rare but the belt were sold in many different colours. See below a photo of a drawing from the factory MMT in Malmö, Sweden, where this dress were produced. 

Katja of Sweden drawings, Source Stadsarkivet Malmö, Photo by Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen

*Source: Women of Fashion by Valerie Steele.