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You may have heard or read about many of the star designers represented in an exhibit of Swedish haute couture now underway in Stockholm, but it is a different experience to see examples of their work face-to-face. Dresses by Sandra Backlund, Bea Szenfeld, Martin Bergström, Pär Engström, Anna Holtblad, Helena Hörstedt, Patouf, and Ulrika Sandström are on display, together with jewelery designed by members of the Konsthantverkarna handicrafts collective.

Each dress or gown is a genuine work of art requiring massive amounts of sewing, stitching, knitting or embroidery.. Helena Hörstedt, for example, usually spends at least 80 hours sewing a single dress. Pär Engsheden, who made the gown Crown Princess Victoria wore to her recent wedding, is a master at draping. Bea Szenfeldt, who makes art/fashion out of paper, recently made Iceland singer Björk look amazing when she picked up the Polar Music Prize.

The haute couture and jewelry exhibit at Konsthantverkarna, located at Södermalmstorg 4, will continue until Septemeber 19. Photos: Alexander Farnsworth.

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