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Augusta Lundin, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell.

Augusta Lundin. The First Fashion House in Sweden
29 August 2020 — 24 January 2021

Press release at 10 am Friday August 28
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The fashion world as we know it today emerged in Paris in the late 19th century. Fashion houses were established under the auspices of illustrious creators. Their business relied on a large network comprising spinners and weavers, textile merchants, dressmakers, illustrators and designers. In addition, there were fashion shows, fashion magazines and launch parties, department stores, boutiques and, last but not least, the customers who embraced the new styles and fads introduced by the fashion houses.

In 1867, the dressmaker Augusta Lundin (1840–1919) opened Sweden’s first fashion studio, specialising in what they called French Sewing – the Swedish name for haute couture. Lundin introduced French trends in Sweden, so her customers in the royal family, the nobility and high society, but also in the arts and business sectors, could dress according to the latest European fashions.

This exhibition is about Augusta Lundin and her pioneering efforts as a designer and entrepreneur around 1900, and highlights the craftsmanship and work behind these beautiful creations. The social dress codes and the notability of her customers paint a lively picture of this great period in Swedish fashion history.

The exhibition features more than 50 elegant pieces from Augusta Lundin’s studio, from the 1880s to the 1930s. The settings have been designed to give an impression of what it was like in the dressmakers’ workshop and the elegant parlours where the clothes were worn. A few unfinished garments are also included, to show the intricate workmanship on the reverse side, and reveal some of the mystique of haute couture.

Exhibition curators: Anna Bergman, costume illustrator and historian, and Lotta Lewenhaupt, fashion expert.

This exhibition is produced jointly by the Thiel Gallery, Malmö Museer and the Museum of Gothenburg.

Augusta Lundin's studio, Stadsmuseet

Augusta Lundin, 1913, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell.

Augusta Lundin, eveningdress. silk, 1893, Malmö museums

Augusta Lundin, 1904, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell.

Augusta Lundin, 1904, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell.

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist

Augusta Lundin, Flâneur costume, 1880s, Hallwylska Museet

Augusta Lundin, 1913, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell.

Augusta Lundin, c. 1913, Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, 2020. Foto© Kristin Lidell

 


Hjalmar Söderberg and the arts. A jubilee exhibition
19 September 2019–14 February 2021

 

Gerda Wallander, Portrait of Hjalmar Söderberg, 1916, oil on canvas, 114 x 69 cm. Photo: Thielska Galleriet

In 2019 the author Hjalmar Söderberg (1869–1941) would have turned 150 years old. The Thiel Gallery celebrates this jubilee with an exhibition that highlights the author`s relation to the arts. The exhibition shows portraits of Söderberg and drawings made by Söderberg himself. Books with ornaments made by the author and other objects that relates to Söderberg are also exhibited.

Ernest Thiel and Hjalmar Söderberg were very good friends and the author used to stay in a room at the Thiel Gallery when visiting Ernest Thiel. The two friends sent letters to each other for about 30 years and shared the interest of playing chess.

Curator: Sophie Allgårdh, collaboration with Söderbergsällskapet

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Astrid Kjellberg-Juel, Portrait of Hjalmar Söderberg, 1912, oil on canvas. Belonging to Bonniers portrait collection. Photo: Per Myrehed

Hjalmar Söderberg, Self portrait, 1895, ink wash. Belonging to Bonniers portrait collection, Nedre Manilla. Photo: Per Myrehed

Hjalmar Söderberg, The church tower of Saint Clare, 1884, crayon on paper, Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek. Photo: Per Myrehed

Sigge Bergström, Portrait of Hjalmar Söderberg, 1919. The wood cut initiated Vängåvan to Hjalmar Söderberg's fiftieth anniversary that year. The figures in the right corner are probably inspired by Hjalmar Söderberg's descriptions from the first scene in Gertrud (1906) with her and her husband, Gustaf Kanning, He has "no hair" and she is "tall and graced with rich brown hair".

Hjalmar Söderberg greets Niels Hansens Jacobsen sculpture Troll that hunts for Christian flesh outside Jesuskyrkan in Storköpenhamn 1907. Photo: Birger Mörner

Hjalmar Söderberg, Self portrait "Moi", 1890, pencil

 

Hjalmar Söderberg, Maria von Platen from memory, undated, drawing. Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek. Photo: Per Myrehed

Anna Riwkin, The author Hjalmar Söderberg, ca 1936, silver gelatin photography. Moderna Museet. Photo: Anna Riwkin

Yngve Berg, Portrait of Hjalmar Söderberg, 1947, ink wash,  Bonniers portrait collection. Photo: Per Myrehed

Albert Engström, Caricature of Hjalmar Söderberg, the original of the image that was printed for the perennial series "Medmänniskor" in Engström's magazine Strix.

Hjalmar Söderberg, It darkens across the road, gift to brother in law Alban Keyser, drawing.

Hjalmar Söderberg, vignette proposal to Jahves fire (1918) with Moses adorned by a bull's mask, serpent staff and
stone tablets +the proposition was accepted with only the bull's mask and serpent staff.