Nobel Creations 2021

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To commemorate this year's Nobel Prize winners and their discoveries, fashion students at Beckmans have created free interpretations of this year's Nobel Prize..

Last chance weekend 26-27 February!

See them in the Nobel Creations exhibition at the Nobel Prize Museum from 4 December

Nobel Creations from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm is celebrating the 10th anniversary since beginning of the project. This year, first-year students in the Fashion programme have created free interpretations of the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics. 

The creations explore what unites the Nobel Laureates, artists and creators: creativity – the courage to think outside the box, to question established theories and to innovatively combine in-sights from different fields. "Designing creations based on the Nobel Prizes is both a design exercise and a reflection on what creativity and research can mean. In this year's performances, the students have worked artistically and poetically. Abundance has been stripped away to let the messages linked to prices shine through, such as the protection of freedom of expression, the fight against climate change and the fate of refugees," says Martin Bergström, fashion designer and course coordinator at Beckmans. 

The creations are exhibited at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm from December 4th. ”It’s fantastic to once again be able to exhibit the interpretations made by the Fashion students of Beckmans College of Design. The creations are an exciting way for our visitors to reflect upon the discoveries and work awarded with the Nobel Prize this year,” says Erika Lanner, Head of the Nobel Prize Museum

Nobel Prize in Physics, interpreted by Emma Carling and Tim Bunwassana

Strategies for how we can understand and combat climate change have been working on nobel laureates in physics for many years and are now being praised for their discoveries.

"We wanted to protect people from natural disasters under an umbrella in an atmosphere of fabric that symbolizes the ozone layer. Under the umbrella there is an opening where the dress, which used to be even pink, has been water damaged by natural disasters. How long will the fragile umbrella last before it wears to pieces and the water rains down on the man?"

The creation is created from leftover curtains colored with black rice.

Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel Prize in Literature, interpreted by Pierre Westerholm and Hampus Ekman

Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature on the grounds: "for having uncompromisingly and with great compassion examined the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the divide between cultures and continents".

"Guillou's literary works and the Swedish Academy's motivation for the prize have inspired the design process and the design of creation. The second part of the motivation is what the dress reflects, the great divide between culture and continent.

His storytelling is often described as subtle and powerful, without it appearing excessive. The lines that run through the dress symbolize the refugees' journeys and the pearls tell how many people leave their homes but few who reach a safe destination."

Sveriges Riksbank's Prize in Economics

Sveriges Riksbank in Economic Sciences, interpreted by Albin Vikström & Sofia Ericsson

"This year,"The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is strongly linked to natural experiments – experiments that can only be studied and investigated are not initiated.

Our interpretation of the prize is a dress filled with graphic elements. As with the case on the fabric, natural experiments have not been controlled as there are a number of unknown and odd factors linked to the result – until now.

With our creation, we want to reflect the laureates' way of measuring the consequences of, and controlling, these natural experiments. The dress consists of bars that bend around the body and form a graph. Together with the light blue, sterile color and the black passpoals, we make the wearer part of the graphene."

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, interpreted by Ingrid Norberg and Paul Shutrick

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to two people, List and McMillan,
the same discovery independently: a more efficient and environmentally friendly way of driving a variety of chemical reactions. This dress is a snapshot of a chemical reaction when it is in its visually most dramatic state.

The two laureates are represented by the two elements of the dress that interact and become a whole. The meeting between the classical and the modern from each part creates a reaction intended to embody the discovery made by the laureates. In all its simplicity, it challenges boundaries. In this way, this is our tribute to the pioneering work of the chemistry laureates in the development of organocalysis.

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Nobel Prize in Medicine, interpreted by Jens Nilsson and Rasmus Georgiadis

"Our ability to record temperature, touch and to relate the body to physical space are all crucial characteristics for our survival. Sensory impressions that are directly linked to receptors in the skin and our nervous system. With a delicate silk dress, surrounded by, and in relation to a heat-conductive copper wire structure, a shelter is created, but also a room of its own in the face of change and new discoveries."

Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize, interpreted by Miranda Berg and Edina Petonji

"Awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace".

A minute's silence for the journalists who were killed as a result of their profession. A creation whose external structure consists of 22 forms in which each product design represents one year, calculated from 2000 to 2021. Every product design is printed with years and with figures on statistics on the number of journalists killed, civilian journalists and media assistants for each year. The statistics come from the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Barometer.

Unfortunately, due to censorship and limited freedom of the press, it is impossible for all individual lives to come to light. Hence the black underdress that will reflect the dark number of journalists killed that are not included in the barometer.

About Nobel Creations

In the 10th anniversary project Nobel Creations from Beckmans College of Design, students in year 1 of the Fashion Programme create free interpretations of the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Peace and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The creations explore what unites Nobel Laureates, artists and creators: creativity – the courage to think in new ways, to dare to question established theories and innovative combinations of insights from different fields.

"It feels great that we can once again exhibit the interpretations that the fashion students at Beckmans College of Design do. The creations are an exciting way for our visitors to reflect on the discoveries and works that have been awarded the Nobel Prize this year," says Erika Lanner, Director of the Nobel Prize Museum.

Teacher & guest teacher in the course

Martin Bergström, course coordinator
Pär Engsheden, Programme Manager
Lisbeth Stålborg, senior lecturer sewing and construction

Guest lecturers and lecturers: Ulrika Elovsson, Tina Törnqvist, Kumi Kawaji, Göran Sundberg, Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén

Photographer: Carl Bengtsson / Skarp
Model: Nitia/FYE Management
Hair & makeup: Jenny Svensson/Dashl

Thanks to:
Studio Spring, Carl Bengtsson, Sharp Agent, and Studio Dipol.

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