Battle of Gettysburg inspires Soulland

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Danish
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The Soulland A/W 2011 collection, called “Civilized,” is inspired by the one of the greatest conflicts in American history: the battle between the North and the South over states’ rights and slavery. Danish designer Silas Adler has taken a close look at the life of soldiers during the bloody and tragic war, which culminated in 1865 following the famous battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

Adler and his colleagues at the Copenhagen-based company studied the uniforms of the soldiers who fought the war and the flags under which they served.

“We were particularly inspired by the portraits of the time and the sense of honor in the soldiers that comes across in their portraits,” the designer says in a written comment. Special attention was paid the soldiers’ pockets and collars.

“There were many different levels of status in the troops and their clothing showed where in society they belonged. Within these layers we especially looked at the hobo soldiers. Their layering was a great inspiration throughout the development of the collection.”

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