Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories
Starting on November 4th, Artipelag will be bringing a bit of light to the winter darkness with an exhibition by Lars Wallin entitled “Fashion Stories”. Nearly 200 of the famous fashion designer’s stunning creations will be on display and visitors will be able to follow the creative process all the way from idea to sketch and finally to couture completion. This exhibition at Artipelag will be a tribute to Lars Wallin’s 25 years as a designer and will include many of his latest dresses and costumes that have never been seen before.
Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories showcases unique creations in exclusive materials from throughout Wallin’s entire career as a fashion designer. The exhibition highlights one of the few Swedish designers who works with fashion on a high artistic level with a focus on craftsmanship and quality.
Lars Wallin is best known for his glamourous party and wedding dresses in classic designs – with attitude (Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden both wore his creations at a Nobel Prize banquet)! Throughout his career, Wallin has provided designs for Loreen, The Royal Swedish Opera, Carola, Jill Johnson and Lena PH – among others. Spring 2016’s Eurovision Final saw TV host Petra Mede dressed in a Lars Wallin creation!
The exhibition is based around 4 themes – crafts, fashion, bridal, and stage. Lars Wallin has personally selected works that mean a lot to him and in addition to ready-made garments, visitors can see sketches, toiles, jewellery, and even feel the fabrics. The idea behind this interaction is to create an understanding of the craft and design process, and to provide an insight into the work done within the studio.
“To be able to celebrate Lars Wallin’s 25 years as a designer at Artipelag is a huge honour. Several of our exhibitions have had an element of fashion, but this is the first time we will be showing a streamlined fashion exhibition. I look forward to presenting the craft in a new way and filling our art gallery with beautiful creations. We aim to combine fashion and design with our own unique environment and to provide visitors with a total aesthetic experience” – Riita Östberg, CEO of Artipelag.
Lars hopes that the exhibition will tickle the visitor’s imagination, inspire others to dare to express themselves, and to encourage timeless and durable fashion design.
Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories premiered at Prince Eugene’s Waldemarsudde in 2011 and has since toured many museums and art galleries throughout Sweden. Now the tour has finally returned to Stockholm and will be displayed at Artipelag from November 4, 2016 until March 12, 2017.
“Returning the exhibition to Stockholm after 5 years away is a great way to close the circle. I hope many new visitors will attend, as well as past attendees – the exhibition now has many new features previously unseen that would make a second viewing well worth it!” – Lars Wallin.
Lars Wallin was born in 1965 in Västerås. His career gained significant momentum in the mid-90’s when, after completion of training at the Beckmans Institute of Design in Stockholm, it was not long before Lars received the 1995 Women’s World Gold Medal Award. From there, Lars’ work broadened to include jewellery, menswear, and collaborations with different actors. Since the beginning, his drive and inspiration has been to combine French art and aesthetics with American commercialism and frivolity.
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Artipelag is a unique meeting place where art exhibitions, cultural activities, architecture, music, event facilities, Swedish design and excellent food live side-by-side with the beautiful archipelago environment. Artipelag is located at Hålludden which is on Värmdö – approximately 20 minutes by car from downtown Stockholm. The building, which was designed by the late architect Johan Nyrén, covers 10,220 square meters and is gentle placed among pine trees and cliffs with grand views of Baggensfjärden. In addition to cultural activities and nature experiences, Artipelag also offers excellent dining experiences in two restaurants with outdoor terraces, as well as conference facilities, a design shop, and an Artbox of 1200 square meters suitable for events, concerts, conferences, parties, launches, and video recordings.