Fashion designer Elísabet Karlsdóttir is a 2013 graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Her final collection is built on the idea of the grey times of the Soviet Union.


Grey shades play a big role in my interpretation of this cold and colourless world.

Going from grey scale to colour can than make you feel like a life has been awaken. Colour is very affective when it come to setting a mood, and can change the feeling of time and space.


Karlsdóttir draws a comparison to photography, where the first colour photographs were in fact  hand coloured black and whites.

But by adding colour the object transforms and the story at the same time gets a different meaning. This use of colour is one of the biggest inspirations, adding light shades of colours on a grey scale background, awakens a little hope in a grey world.



The ice-cold industrial look of the Soviet is mixed with soft, warm fabrics with a raw industrial look with patterns and fabrics.


The everyday life of people, something as anti fashionable as the windows of the soviet apartment blocks takes on a new role as a geometric pattern on the collection. Printed on soft fabrics like velvet gives the pattern depth and a luxurious take on the grey buildings.


The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Student Show 2013.

Photographer: Elísabet Karlsdóttir


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.