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Oceanista – Fashion & the Sea

Start Date 02 April 2021
End Date 29 August 2021
Venue M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark
Location Elsinore, Denmark
Curator The Maritime Museum of Denmark in collaboration with fashion researcher Maria Mackinney-Valentin
Designer Julian Juhlin
Exhibition with mannequins on a plinth among seaweed-like plants

A large new exhibition ‘OCEANISTA – Fashion & the Sea’. The exhibition will open once the museum reopens.

Sailor collars, stripes and uniforms. Ships, waves and sexy sailors. The sea and seafearing have always been one of fashion’s greatest sources of inspiration. This special chapter in history is the focal point of our next exhibition ‘OCEANISTA’.

Through clothing, films, photos and interviews, the exhibition sheds light on how fashion to this day has hailed, borrowed and stolen from the maritime style and culture. Fashion has been used to express patriotism, rebellion and sexuality – and put themes such as gender, identity, climate and sustainability on the political agenda. In the exhibition, we follow the sea and seafaring’s path into highstreet fashion and all the way to the international fashion scene. This is done through a unique collection of both (humble) and unique garments and works of art.

The exhibition features a selection of young designers as well as a large number of the biggest names on the international fashion scene.

Image courtesy of M/S Museet for Søfart (Maritime Museum of Denmark). Photo: Aldershvile Nielsen