Fashion designer Halldóra Gestsdóttir is a 2013 graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Raw, murky, barren, overwhelming, daunting, soft and aromatic. That is the Icelandic landscape, our inescapable environment. In this clothing line the effects of the Icelandic nature are educed with fabrics, hard lines and formes.


Used by Icelanders for centuries, Gestsdóttir’s materials, Icelandic sheep skin, sheep bones and fish skin connect the collection to the sea and the land.


The material is processed in collaboration with Atlantic Leather in different ways in order to achieve different effects from it. The largest part of the leather was lightly varnished both on the right side and on the reverse side, and so the leather was processed in various ways. Also, great emphasis was placed on scrape-ing the leather to the extend, that the textile that is brought forth by doing that makes it able for the textile to be accentuated, and the leather both lightly varnished and untreated. A part of the leather was then painted with leather paint and sandblasted, which gave it an interresting texture. By doing so, the rawness of the line and the clear reference to the Icelandic nature was intensified.

Through the process the clothes changed constantly and the line became more raw as I went along and more in line with the landscape. When working with raw material, the material itself is very much in charge and one has to make use of it as it appears.


The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Student Show 2013 and the exhibition following it. Here are a few images from the catwalk, enjoy!






Images Courtesy of the designer


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.