15 Finnish Fashion Designers : New Arrivals - Starring Finnish Fashion
15 Finnish Fashion Designers
New Arrivals - Starring Finnish Fashion
Aila Kolehmainen + Nargisse Rafik, June 25, 2007
Samu-Jussi Koski_Aleksi Niemelä_Helsinki_Finnish
Samu-Jussi Koski_Aleksi Niemelä_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Samu-Jussi Koski, Pattern: Maija Louekari, Pisaroi
Product: OMRA dress
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Marimekko
Specify: silk/viscose
Photo: Aleksi Niemelä


DFF presents 15 young designers and visionaries of Finnish fashion along with main developments in this field. The journey tells what is today’s luxury design or street fashion. How does creative design differ from luxury design? What is essential in Finnish fashion – uniqueness, boldness, originality or something completely different?

Freeman_Mikko Ryhänen_Helsinki_Finnish
Freeman_Mikko Ryhänen_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Freeman
Product: jarmusch tshirt
Year of Design: fall 07
Producer: CTRL
Specify: 100% cotton
Photo: Mikko Ryhänen


Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Shopi Fujii_Helsinki_Finnish
Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Shopi Fujii_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Anna & Tuomas Laitinen
Product: Alpaca dress
Specify: Material: Alpaca wool and videotape
Photo: Shoji Fujii


Fashion - forever attracting with novelties. Fashion follows the pulse of the times and its changes reflect changes in society. Fashion designers need not only a sense of form and material but also the ability to anticipate things to come. New Arrivals, Design Forum Finland’s summer exhibition, presents the young designers and visionaries of Finnish fashion along with main developments in this field. The exhibition tells what is today’s luxury design or street fashion. How does creative design differ from luxury design? What is essential in Finnish fashion - uniqueness, boldness, originality or something completely different?

Paola Suhonen_Helsinki_Finnish
Paola Suhonen_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Paola Suhonen
Product: wooldress Nio
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: IVANAhelsinki
Specify: 100 % wool
Photo: Paola Suhonen


Daniel Palillo_Chris Vidal_Helsinki_Finnish
Daniel Palillo_Chris Vidal_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Daniel Palillo
Specify: cotton
Photo: Chris Vidal


Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Helsinki_Finnish
Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Anna & Tuomas Laitinen
Product: sketch


New Arrivals addresses the nature and ideology of fashion, and gives voice to the designer. The designers tell of their own starting points and ways of working. What is their inspiration? What stories are to be found behind the designs? This exhibition gathers an important group of young Finnish fashion designers, most of whom work for the international market. They will display fresh aspects of their output. Participants include Aki Choklat, CTRL, Samu-Jussi Koski/Marimekko, IVANAhelsinki, LAITINEN, Daniel Palillo, Minna Parikka, Rinne Niinikoski, Hanna Sarén, Saint Vacant Footwear, Anssi Tuupainen/Turo Red Label, Tiia Vanhatapio and Jarno Viitala/Nanso.

Aki Choklat_Christian Trippe_Helsinki_Finnish
Aki Choklat_Christian Trippe_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Aki Choklat
Product: Medieval shoe
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Anrea Traina
Specify: vegetable tanned leather, natural rubber sole, cotton thread and metal studs 100 % handmade, without electricity
Photo: Christian Trippe


James Lax_Janne Lax_Helsinki_Finnish
James Lax_Janne Lax_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Janne Lax
Product: ST4, 38 Brown Suede
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Lax Creation
Specify: Material: upper suede, lining calfskin, leather sole Made: hand-crafted in small series
Photo: Janne Lax


Tiia Vanhatapio_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish
Tiia Vanhatapio_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Tiia Vanhatapio
Product: Betty cocktail dress
Year of Design: Tiia Vanhatapio A/W 07/08
Producer: Dark Creations Oy
Specify: Material: bridal satin
Photo: Nina Merikallio


“We were asked to curate an exhibition on Finnish fashion design. A complex task, how to approach it? Fashion manufactures perpetual newness. But every new thing comes from somewhere, has a history, a context, an origin. We wanted to make an exhibition that reveals these sources, investigates the processes, introduces the people behind the designs, and lets the visitor finally interact with the products in the most natural and exciting way.

Anssi Tuupainen_Jonas Lundqvist_Helsinki_Finnish
Anssi Tuupainen_Jonas Lundqvist_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Anssi Tuupainen
Product: Jacket Adrien 3236, jacket Kevin 3211, pants Ethan 3211, shirt Adam 3732
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Turo Tailor Oy
Photo: Jonas Lundqvist


Rinne Niinikoski_Christian Yakowleft_Helsinki_Finnish
Rinne Niinikoski_Christian Yakowleft_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Rinne Niinikoski
Year of Design: 2007
Specify: 100 % cotton
Model: Noora Pitkänen
Hair and makeup: Noora Pitkänen
Photo: Christian Yakowleff


Jarmo Viitala_Nanso/Lempivaate_Helsinki_Finnish
Jarmo Viitala_Nanso/Lempivaate_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Jarno Viitala
Product: Kruunu dress
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Nanso
Specify: Material: modal, lyocell, elasthane
Photo: ©Nanso/Lempivaate


"In the following months, we met 15 designers, discussed their work, made them fill out questionnaires, interviewed them on video; visited their homes, factories, offices, shops and studios; emailed, faxed, phoneconferenced, fedexed and started to call them by their first names. We asked them to tell stories, to fill boxes with things from their world, to take us behind the scenes, further than glossy pages, photoshoots, runways, clothes racks, and to show something beyond spring-summer and autumn-winter.

Hanna Sarén à Fredrikinkatu_Joanna Moorhouse_Helsinki_Finnish
Hanna Sarén à Fredrikinkatu_Joanna Moorhouse_Helsinki_Finnish


Product: Hanna Sarén shop in Fredrikinkatu, Helsinki
Photo: Joanna Moorhouse


Minna Parikka_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish
Minna Parikka_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish


Designer: Minna Parikka
Product: Raquel shoe, Priscilla shoe, Maxine bag
Year of Design: 2007-2008
Photo: Nina Merikallio


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