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The Weather Diaries

A Book in Celebration of the Nordic Fashion Biennale
Europe’s most exciting and groundbreaking fashion designers come from its Nordic countries, are well-connected in international networks, and enjoy impressive commercial success.
Cooper & Gorfer
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Release Date: 
March 2014
24.5 × 31.6 cm
264 pages, full color, hardcover
Shop Price: $60.00
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About This Book

When it comes to contemporary fashion design, the Nordic countries of Europe are anything but terra incognita. Brands from Scandinavia are well-established around the world and designers such as Henrik Vibskov have been lavished with international accolades for years.

But what is it that makes Nordic design so exemplary? How do the origins of young designers from these countries influence their inimitable sense of style and aesthetics? In The Weather Diaries, the artist duo Cooper & Gorfer explore the roots of Nordic fashion and design traditions.

Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer take an unusual approach to their topic by telling its story visually. The curators of the third Nordic Fashion Biennale present the work of both young and established West Nordic designers in a striking collection of photography that they shot on-location throughout Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Showcasing the fashion in dramatic natural settings, their images are fused with a dark romanticism and, like much of their work, are reminiscent of eighteenth and nineteenth-century painting. Defying categorization, Cooper & Gorfer’s photos bring together fashion, photography, and painting. Their work goes beyond pure documentation and is interpretive, narrative, and utterly distinctive.

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Thanks to their intensive research process, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer also reveal how both up-and-coming and well-known Nordic designers work, what inspires them, and what effect their origins have on their identities and their design. The Weather Diaries is supplemented by essays that examine Nordic fashion design in terms of its sustainability and cultural heritage, as well as insightful interviews and a look at how the book was made.

The Weather Diaries features fashion designers Mundi, Jör By Guðmundur Jörundsson, Steinnun, Barbara Í Gongini, Guðrun & Guðrun, Bibi Chemnitz, and Najannguaq Lennert, as well as the jewelry designer Kría, craftsman Nikolaj Kristensen and the artists Jessie Kleemann, Rammatik, and Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a. Shoplifter. 

Sarah Cooper, born in the USA in 1974, and Nina Gorfer, born in Austria in 1979, live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2006 they have worked together as Cooper & Gorfer and are known throughout the world for their photographic narratives, especially their SEEK publications In a House of Snow and My Quiet of Gold.

The artists were commissioned by Nordic House Iceland to curate the 2014 Nordic Fashion Biennale and to create an artistic presentation of the event. To this end, they traveled throughout Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland to stage and photograph the work of selected fashion designers. The resulting images, which are inspired by the painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth century as well as unrelenting Nordic weather conditions, are collected in this compelling showcase.



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