ART / FASHION

New exhibition explores how the ocean and seafaring so heavily have inspired fashion

”As Denmark’s national maritime museum it is our ambition to show our visitors the many ways seafaring and maritime culture interact with their everyday life,” tells head curator Marie Ørstedholm.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
August 13, 2021

Located in Elsinore, close to Copenhagen, around an old shipyard dry dock, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark offers an innovative architectural setting designed by award-winning architects BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

— We tell the story of Denmark as one of the world’s leading maritime nations through dramatic, experimental exhibitions and learning programs, Ørstedholm tells.

The museum’s new exhibition, OCEANISTA – Fashion & the Sea, explores how the ocean and seafaring have been one of fashion’s greatest inspiration from the early 20th century till now.

— As Denmark’s national maritime museum it is our ambition to show our visitors the many ways seafaring and maritime culture interact with their everyday life. Looking at the close connection between fashion and the sea is a very good example of how we aim at this. And, at the same time, it’s a great opportunity to work with new creative partners, designers, and artists to create an interesting and fascinating exhibition experience for our visitors. The exhibition unfolds unique ways of interpreting the sea, the ship, the sailor, and the classic nautical elements as stripes, collars, knots, and tattoos. It does so through a wide selection of unique designs by international top designers and brands such as Iris van Herpen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, and Craig Green, as well as young designers representing the future of nautical fashion, says Ørstedholm, adding,

— Most likely, the exhibition will be travelling to other European museums, while we, on our side, are opening several exhibitions in the nearest future. Among them, a large international exhibition about Venice with unique historical objects and an exhibition about the role of the sea in three generations of the Danish royal family.

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