Dress and Fashion in Denmark

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Dress and Fashion in Denmark

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Title: Dress and Fashion in Denmark
Author: Melchior, Marie Riegels
Abstract: In terms of dress and fashion Denmark is an example of a West European peripheral country within the international fashion system. Since the Middle Ages, new fashions have found their way to Denmark through the internationally oriented royal family, the purchases of well-traveled citizens, various international and national fashion reports, and the international purchases by local retailers. With varying speed new cuts, colors and styles have impressed themselves upon both the everyday and festive fashions of the Danish wardrobe. The same foreign influence applies to local fashion production. Design, craftsmanship and technology has through time been shaped under influences from abroad. But these international influences have not undermined the recurring idea of a particular Danish dress and fashion culture. In the middle of the 19th century the prevailing view was that the peasants’ festive dress represented specific national dress. By the beginning of the 21st century discussions in the Danish fashion industry and industry policy concern Denmark’s status as a fashion nation and Copenhagen as a possible new global fashion center. This is due to the growing Danish fashion culture, the textile and clothing industry’s export success, and not least the fact that Denmark is a world-leading fur exporter.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7769
Date: 2009-04-07

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