The Costume Galleries

1 January 2008–27 March 2016

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The exhibition consists of three displays, presenting important aspects of the museum’s extensive collection of fashion design.

The Royal Dress Collection
The Royal Dress Collection is primarily made up of apparel worn by King Haakon and Queen Maud, King Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, Queen Sonja and Princess Astrid. The clothes have generously been donated to the museum by the Royal Family. The present exhibition concentrates on evening dresses worn by Queen Maud, Crown Princess Märtha and Queen Sonja. Among the highlights are to other types of apparel: Queen Maud's National Costume from Hardanger, on display for the first time, and Queen Sonja's Consecration attire.

Fashion 1600s till 2000
Norway is situated in the outskirts of Europe. International fashions nevertheless found their way to the country even in older times. The exhibition gives a survey of more than 300 years of fashion history through a selection of outfits from the collection. Most of the outfits are made in Norway by different tailors, dressmakers, fashion houses and designers. However, some clothes from foreign producers are included like a knitted shirt in silk with golden embroideries from the late 17th century.

Norwegian Fashion Designers
The focus of attention in this gallery is on Norwegian fashion designers and apparel they have created from 2000 till 2008. The designers produce apparel varying from garments made in large or small series to outfits made to measure. Most of the designers presented in this exhibition are based in Oslo, but some work abroad like Pia Myrvold in Paris, Siv Støldal and Kristian Aadnevik in London and Julie Skarland at present in India.