June 16, 2020–February 21, 2021
June 16, 2020–February 21, 2021
Pär Engsheden and Sara Danius’s Nobel Gowns
An exhibition on fashion – as communication, identity and couture

Pär Engsheden is one of Sweden's foremost designers. Between 2015 and 2018 he created four notable dresses for Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. The design process involved an unusually close collaboration between the couturier and the wearer of his creations. Their conversations about fashion, philosophy and literature spanned dinners, trips, letters and text messages, as well as countless fittings. With Danius as his muse, Engsheden created four unique dresses that each tell an individual story.

Pär Engsheden and Sara Danius’s Nobel Gowns offers the opportunity to view these iconic garments in real life, as well as the accessories that Danius wore with them and Carl Bengtsson's photographs of her wearing the dresses. The exhibition is part of an artistic research project that Pär Engsheden is conducting at Beckmans College of Design, where he has also headed the fashion programme since 2013.

Sara Danius is wearing the most courageous choice of the evening! An eye-popping cerise cape paired with a cognac-coloured gown. 25 metres of gorgeous silk taffeta were used for this Pär Engsheden creation.

– Cia Jansson, Editor-in-Chief of the fashion magazine Elle during SVT's live broadcast from the Nobel Banquet in 2018.

The exhibition is produced in close collaboration with Pär Engsheden and Sara Danius and her family. It is based on Pär Engsheden's artistic research and is a collaboration with Beckmans College of Design, which will also jointly publish a book about the research in connection with a seminar to be held during the exhibition period.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Nationalmusei Vänner.

Thanks to the especially kind donation by Sara and Leo Danius of the gowns, with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the garments are included in Nationalmuseum's collections. Carl Bengtsson's photographs of Sara Danius wearing the gowns are also part of the museum collections, thanks to his generous donation.


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  • Standard admission: 100 kr
  • Concessions (seniors and students): 90 kr
  • Free admission for visitors under 20
  • Free admission for members of the Friends of Nationalmuseum
  • Free admission, others: ICOM, ICOMOS, SMI, employees at the Central Museums, the press, personal assistants, authorised guides, tour guides and/together with chauffeurs, Key of Honour - issued by the City of Stockholm, Members of the Royal Acadamy of Fine Arts and teachers with a group of pupils.