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  • A view of the Henrik Vibskov Exhibition at Daelim Museum in Seoul. Photo by Justin Shin/WWD

  • A view of the Henrik Vibskov Exhibition at Daelim Museum in Seoul. Photo by Justin Shin/WWD

  • Henrik Vibskov at his exhibition at Daelim Museum in Seoul. Photo by Justin Shin/WWD


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“Henrik Vibskov: Fabricate” exhibition at the Daelim Museum, Seoul

The Daelim Museum in Seoul dedicates an extensive retrospective to Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, known for his experimental shows that merge art, performance, installation, music and fashion design. Titled “Henrik Vibskov: Fabricate”, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look inside the designer’s creative universe, featuring more of 300 designs that span his entire career.

Vibskov is the only Scandinavian designer to show during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, having gained an excellent reputation and a bunch of dedicated followers. More than a fashion designer, Vibskov is a creative mind that can’t stand still, always searching for the next thrill. Throughout his career, Vibskov has designed costumes for the Copenhagen-based theatre company Hotel Proforma, the Oslo and Brussels Opera Houses, as well as for Björk’s opera “Medulla”, has shown his artworks and illustration at various galleries and museums around the world, has played drums for Danish musician Trentemøller, and has even created his own soundtracks for his catwalk shows, capable of building a universe of his own.

“Henrik Vibskov: Fabricate” includes various highlights from the designer’s prolific career, juxtaposing many of his trademark designs, which reflect his experimentations with shape, color and materials, with never before seen photos that aim to cast a light on the making process that is hidden behind his creations, form the initial concept to the final execution. The exhibition also features a selection of new, one-of-a-kind knitted artworks made of colorful pieces of wool, as well as designs from “The Hot Spray Escape” s/s 2016 collection that the designer presented in Paris some weeks ago.

Also on display is a striking installation taken from Vibskov’s s/s 2007 collection, titled “The Big Wet Shiny Boobies“, consisting of hundreds of soft breast-shaped sculptures spread over the museum’s walls. But what really steals the spotlight is “The Mint Institute”, an amazing, multisensory installation that occupies an entire floor, recreating the set of the designer’s a/w 2008 collection and featuring huge, mint-colored inflatable structures.

The exhibition seeks to demonstrate the potential of fashion to expand into an artistic vehicle for free and open expression, by combining myriad sources of inspiration and diverse artistic interests into one, rather than simply producing clothes as items to wear. By providing a glimpse of Vibskov’s incessant transformations, offers the audience a unique chance to experience his artistic world on a physical level, in a playground for the senses, and to view fashion from a new and broader perspective,” the Daelim Museum said in a statement.

I want viewers at [my fashion show] to have a full experience, more of a 360-degree view than just a straight catwalk, to reflect other layers of the story,” Vibskov told recently WWD, explaining that he struggles for the right balance between fashion design and art, although for him “all genres kind of come from the same place in the brain, though with different perspectives”. “Henrik Vibskov: Fabricate” will remain on view until December 31, 2015, at the Daelim Museum, 21 Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul.