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The Dress Makes the Man, Haute Couture –A New Era

October 13th - February 11th

The exhibition The Dress Makes the Man, Haute Couture – A New Era provides a unique glimpse behind the scenes of a long-standing fashion genre undergoing radical change.

Fredrik Robertsson is one of very few men who custom orders hand-sewn creations from Parisian haute couture houses. The exhibition showcases some 40 of his most spectacular garments from leading fashion houses including Alexis Mabille, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, JeanPaul Gaultier, Iris van Herpen, Stéphane Rolland, Schiaparelli, Valentino,Viktor & Rolf and Vivienne Westwood, as well as from experimental designers such as Casey Curran, Richard Quinn and Robert Wun.

Since the mid 19th century, the haute couture houses of Paris have been creating high-end, hand-sewn fashion – exclusively for women. Today, a transformation of this traditional art genre is under way. A new generationof designers have taken over as artistic directors and a new category of expressive clients have discovered the highest level of fashion.

Fredrik Robertsson is one of the leading figures in the new wave of haute couture clients. Since investing in his first creation just under ten years ago, he has amassed an outstanding collection of meticulously selected garments – originally designed for women – which have been tailored to his body. With his eye-catching, gender-fluid style he has become a style role model and a muse on the international fashion scene, at a time when the boundary between female and male has been blurred and feminine coded garments such as the dress and the skirt have entered the male wardrobe.

Fredrik Robertsson’s aesthetic choices and a large number of photographsby Ea Czyz documenting Robertsson’s visits to Paris over the years give us a unique insight into a new era for the mythical world of haute couture. From the front row and backstage at the fashion shows, to the taking of measurements in the fitting room and the sewing studios where the extravagant garments take shape.

The exhibition is curated by fashion journalist Susanna Strömquist in collaboration with Fredrik Robertsson for Liljevalchs and will be the first to be shown in all exhibition halls at Liljevalchs+.

Fashion Exhibition Partner: Mercedes-Benz

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