Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

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Dec 5 2021 - Feb 19 2023

Getting dressed is a creative act, an expression of self and social connection. Getting dressed can also be an artistic performance meant to persuade. Dressing with Purpose examines three dress traditions today—Norwegian bunad, Sami gákti, and Swedish folkdräkt—in light of more than two centuries of social and political change across Scandinavia.

This exhibition presents historic and newly-made ensembles, jewelry and accessories, alongside the stories of makers and wearers who contemplate enduring questions about belonging, individual rights to shared forms of cultural expression, and most importantly, our responsibilities to each other in the co-creation of community in pluralistic societies.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Costume
  • European
  • Culture / Lifestyle

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