A symbolic celebration of idyllic summer evenings where the light never quite gives way to darkness
Denmark on my Mind
‘Denmark on my Mind’ is a celebration of light as the defiant contrast to a dark background. In response to a feeling that fear and alienation is affecting the political climate and changing the Denmark he knows, Nicholas Nybro chooses to embrace his Danish identity and celebrate the qualities he is proud of. In the two pieces that make up Denmark on my Mind, this is represented by a symbolic celebration of idyllic summer evenings in Denmark where the light gradually shimmers and fades but never quite gives way to darkness.
The two pieces transform the body’s silhouette, as dress and body fuse into one and are transformed into a sculpture. The main material is raffia, which is sewn onto the fabric in dense rows and subsequently cut into shape, like a hairdresser working on a hairdo. The raffia is combined with striped cotton fabric, reminiscent of traditional peasant shirts. In combination with the sculpted raffia, the overall effect sparks associations to fragrant hay, harvest time and idyllic summer.
Danish fashion designer, b. 1981
Fashion designer Nicholas Nybro’s creative universe is colourful and expressive with an emphasis on form and volume. He often finds inspiration in fairy tales and stories, sometimes turning to his favourite stories by Hans Christian Andersen or other storytellers and sometimes making up his own. Whether he is working on a fashion collection, costumes for a stage production or, as in ‘Denmark on my Mind’, on singular sculpted silhouettes, his designs are always driven by the narrative element.
2011: Own brand NICHOLAS NYBRO with two annual collections, fashion shows and costume design
2010-2010: designer at Moonspoon Saloon
2009: Graduated from Kolding Design School, Fashion Design
2008: Teacher at various design-related folk high schools, including the Scandinavian Design College, Krabbesholm and Folk Art School in Holbæk
2004: studies at the Folk Art School in Holbæk
2014 to date: fashion shows during the Copenhagen Fashion Week
Selected grants and honours
2015: Danish Arts Foundation, prize for a show at the Copenhagen Fashion Week
2015: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2009: H&M innovation award at the international fashion competition MITTELMODA
2016: FANOUT, Copenhagen Fashion Week
2015: ‘Fur – An Issue of Life and death’, National Museum of Denmark