Dress and Fashion in Denmark

Marie Riegels Melchior*

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    In terms of dress and fashion Denmark is an example of a West European
    peripheral country within the international fashion system. Since the Middle
    Ages, new fashions have found their way to Denmark through the
    internationally oriented royal family, the purchases of well-traveled citizens,
    various international and national fashion reports, and the international
    purchases by local retailers. With varying speed new cuts, colors and styles
    have impressed themselves upon both the everyday and festive fashions of the
    Danish wardrobe. The same foreign influence applies to local fashion
    production. Design, craftsmanship and technology has through time been
    shaped under influences from abroad. But these international influences have
    not undermined the recurring idea of a particular Danish dress and fashion
    culture. In the middle of the 19th century the prevailing view was that the
    peasants’ festive dress represented specific national dress. By the beginning of
    the 21st century discussions in the Danish fashion industry and industry policy
    concern Denmark’s status as a fashion nation and Copenhagen as a possible
    new global fashion center. This is due to the growing Danish fashion culture,
    the textile and clothing industry’s export success, and not least the fact that
    Denmark is a world-leading fur exporter
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    Publisherimagine.. CBS
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    SeriesCreative Encounters Working Paper

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