Exhibition at Amalienborg – Princess gowns

While my own trip to Denmark this year didn’t happen, a royalty-friend of mine, Wills of Koningsfan.nl, visited the country early July and enjoyed the lovely palaces and exhibitions. She was so kind to send me her gorgeous pictures.

She visited the Amalienborg Museum in Copenhagen just in time to enjoy the new summer exhibition “Princess gowns – Jørgen Bender’s creations for HRH Princess Benedikte”, that opened on 4 July 2020. 21 dresses, created between 1968 and 1999, are being exhibited in the Gala Hall. They include the princess’s wedding dress.

Jørgen Bender (1938-1999) was a well-known Danish fashion designer. Throughout four decades he created dresses for the Danish royals. Queen Ingrid, Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece loved his designs.

The designer created his designs in close cooperation with his royal clients. Princess Benedikte remembers he was superb at drawing sketches from which good discussions arose. He not only created dresses for certain events, but also changed or re-did Benedikte’s dresses. She said:

“Jørgen Bender has changed countless of my gowns, a form of recycling, one might say. Often he would also create two versions of a gown, one for summer and one for winter”

The museum choose to show Princess Benedikte’s dresses from the Royal Danish Collection, because she has always supported Danish and sustainable design and has a sharp eye for quality and craftsmanship.

The exhibition will close its doors on 18 October 2020. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

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