The exhibition Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories gathers more than twenty years of Swedish couture history with nearly a hundred creations as well as sketches, photographs, films, and jewellery design on display.
Lars Wallin, renowned for his refined luxury tailoring and unique modern sensibility, made a powerful debut in the Swedish fashion scene in 1990. Working only in the finest materials, Lars Wallin has dressed numerous celebrities and royalties in magnificent dresses and wedding gowns.
In the exhibition Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories, now on view at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsinborg, exclusively tailored couture dresses, bridal creations, costumes, and collaborations are shown along with sketches, photographs, films, and jewellery design. Each creation has its own personal history, many of the them having been worn by either national or international celebrities, stage personalities, or royalties.
– Creativity is about observing your surroundings and making something beautiful out of it, says Lars Wallin. I could make couture out of paper. My desire to express myself is more about creating an overall impression. I also have a strong need to be aesthetically stimulated. I absorb energy; and I think that energy is extremely important.
In each room of the exhibition a certain theme is presented, and one of them accounts for the whole process behind tailoring – from the first sketch, via the prototype to the finished product. With the rooms darkened and the magnificent creations highlighted by dramatic lighting, the complex craftsmanship and the exquisite details of Lars Wallin’s work becomes all so evident. In its entirety, the exhibition demonstrates Lars Wallin’s true breadth as a fashion designer as well as the concept of craftsmanship.
The exhibition Lars Wallin – Fashion Stories will be on view at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg until September the 29th. See the exclusive exhibition video made by Radar contributor Daniella Johansson below.
Photos by Daniella Johansson.