The exhibition TÍZKA: Kjólar og korselett opened on Saturday the 28th of January 2012 and will be opened for visits until the 28th of August 2012 in the Bogasalur of the Þjóðminjasafnið in Reykjavik.


The opening was well visited on this quite rainy and stormy afternoon in Reykjavík. Many people were interested to see how the fashion dreams and imaginations of women around Iceland looked like. The dresses and accessories shown in the exhibition are mostly from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s of the 20th century and were sewed just on order and tailor made. These model dresses were made by women for women. They were not only fashion items of a specific time period rather than the fabric becoming dreams and longings of women, perfectly fitting to their bodies and tastes, which give us a unique insight of the fashion mind in Iceland.



Some of the more valuable dresses are kept behind glass. Here in front a dress made of golden and black brocade.



Many people came to the opening but not only to see the outstanding dresses and accessories, but also the photographs of Kristján Magnússon from the early 70’s. (see also here on the picture below)



Later at the exhibition I could catch Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, an Icelandic fashion designer and the creator of exhibition TÍZKA. I asked her which story behind those dresses she likes the most and she told me the story of this amazing red suit on the pictures below.



The red suit consisting of a blazer jacket and a knee-length skirt was ordered by a farmer’s woman in 1947. Corresponding to Steinunn, the red suit must have been worn by a very self-confident woman.



Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is amazed by the crafts work that went into this fashion piece especially on the shoulder part of the jacket.


The woman gave that suit later to her daughter, who was wearing it herself often at work. This shows us, how special and valuable these ordered dresses were for the women at that time. To Steinunn it is also a unique fact that fashion as a family belonging was given from one generation to the next.



Not to forget the nylon tights: without them, the invention of the mini skirt would have been impossible.



Quality work: the good old Pfaff sewing machine with its decorating flower ornaments.

Invisible dreams: underwear in Iceland.



An eye for the detail: more accessories.



The exhibition catalogue including all dresses and photographs of the exhibition, available down at the museum shop.