Fashion designer Bethina Elverdam Nielsen is a 2013 graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Inspired by the historical and dramatic changes of lifestyle and fashion of the early 20th century, when woman started to liberate themselves from the constricting clothes for the first time and openly embraced more comfortable styles like pants and barring of the neck.


The collection is a modern take on silhouettes emerged from the shapes of the exaggerated sway, sweeping length from the back of the waist and the ample bosom, to the free floating dresses of dancers like Isadore Dunkan and the oversized pants and comic relief of Charles Chaplin.

The colour moods are inspired by a stone beach reflecting in the glowing sunset, with tones stretching from dark blues and greys to a faint peach and the glow of a rusty orange.

The texture of fabric and the leather enforces the raw look of the industrialization of the time. The texture of the leather is created by the designer herself. It tickles the senses and gives the feeling of soft velour embroidered with the pattern of a metal fence, while in fact being printed Ruskin.

Images Courtesy of the designer

Photographers Óskar Hallgrimsson, Margret Oddny Leopoldsdóttir, Ulfar Loga

This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts