The Weather Diaries in Nordic House

Last Friday was the opening of Cooper & Gorfer’s Nordic Fashion Biennale exhibition “The Weather Diaries” that consists of photographs featuring fashion design from the nordic region – specifically Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer have been working together since 2006 and consider themselves fairly far away from being fashion photographers, but approached this project along with their previous ones in an anthropological way. They explore the link between contemporary fashion design and its local environment, traditions, nature and of course weather – as no subject is as thoroughly discussed or contemplated in the Nordics as the almighty and unpredictable weather.

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The Weather Diaries, Nordic Fashion Biennale by Cooper & Gorfer from Gestalten on Vimeo.

We wrote about this exhibition when it first opened in Frankfurt in March 2014 and the reason we’re doing so again, other than it being a fantastic show that is not to be missed, is that this time it was in a sense “coming home” as Reykjavík’s Nordic House is the birthplace of The Nordic Fashion Biennale.

The exhibition is amazing and really showcases how contemporary designers are influenced by their heritage and natural surroundings. After the opening we heard a few words from Cooper & Gorfer themselves, outlining their ideology and giving us a look behind the scenes of The Weather Diaries as well as giving us a preview of a project they are currently working on.

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, one of the designers featured in the exhibition, then gave a presentation of her collective work throughout the years but she has worked with leading fashion labels like Gucci and Ralph Lauren as well as founding her own label STEiNUNN.

I urge anyone who has the oppurtunity to see the exhibition to do so without hesitation as it is truly an amazing portayal of the unique design found here in the remote nordic islands.

If you are unable to attend then there is a beautiful book available with all the photography as well as interviews with both Cooper & Gorfer and the designers featured.


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Photos by Ellen Inga

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