An exhibition with the work of one of the foremost Icelandic fashion designers, Steinunn Sigurdardóttir, opens in Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir today at 4 pm. Sigurdardóttir is Reykjavík’s artist laureate 2009, the first designer to receive the title.
Steinunn Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
With timeless design and discerning professional sense, Steinunn Sigurdardóttir has established her place as a world-class designer, a press release from the museum reads.
Her artistic creation builds on years of collaboration with many renowned contemporary designers and a rare knowledge of material texture and three-dimensional shaping.
Rooted in the folk traditions of the art of knitting, Sigurdardóttir has shaped her own world of subtle nuance, reminiscent of the hardy but delicate flora of Iceland.
Sigurdardóttir’s design interlaces folk heritage with mystic lava-field shadows, foaming cascades, soft moss, soft soil, and roiling magma – wellsprings urging Icelandic artists to deeds of art, music, poetry, writing, film, and photography since time out of mind.
Her reputation transcends borders, as is evidenced by her many awards and honors, most recently the esteemed Söderberg Prize, the first to be awarded to a clothing designer, celebrated in style with a show in Göteborg, Sweden.
This exhibition offers a look at designer editions of unique garments not previously displayed in Iceland, along with photographs by Mary Ellen Mark.
The exhibition’s stylist is Kristín Björgvinsdóttir and exhibition design was undertaken by Páll Hjaltason. Soffía Karlsdóttir is the exhibition’s curator.
The exhibition is sponsored by Icelandair, Rootstein Mannequins, CCP and RioTintoAlcan and runs through January 31, 2010.