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    Translating emotional utopia

    KALTBLUT. Underground culture is one of the main domains of the freelance creative duo consisting of photographer Illa Bonany and stylist Moh Galilea who accepted the request to translate Barbara I Gongini Spring/Summer 2018 collection with their own visual language. Ignoring the Barbara I Gongini’s deep roots in black and mysterious aesthetic they endeavored to show an emotional and gender fluid utopia through solely using SS18 nude pieces.


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    CONCEPTUAL AESTHETICS

    BARBARA I GONGINI is a Nordic luxury Avant-Garde fashion design brand founded by designer Barbara í Gongini, who introduces a conceptual aesthetics, consisting of powerful geometric cuts and soft elliptical silhouettes. While beholding the garments, you imagine a strong fashion cocktail, mixed of Rick Owens’ gothic-grunge of essentiality and Maison Margiela’s androgynous architecture of tailoring, flavoured with vigorous artistic identity, genuine craftsmanship and raw authenticity of BARBARA I GONGINI. It is an intellectual celebration of cuts and shapes, encouraging a broad fashion discourse.


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  • Nordan

    AVAILABLE NOW: norðan

    From BARBARA I GONGINI´s creative well an echo from the Northern Hemisphere has sprung. A new line evolves from the nourished grounds, carrying the name  _ Norðan. Aligned with the clean and untouched nature, Norðan focuses on a CSR-friendly take on the product. The foundation of Norðan is aligned with the imaginary journey to the north and is therefore based around basalt rocks, mist, soil, seawater, moss, rust and driftwood, which is washed ashore. The choice of materials is a reflection of the sent of the north. A tactile exposure of a variety of surfaces. Rough linen, heavy cotton, silk, wool, leather and blends of recycled materials from various fibers are joined in a synchronized symbiosis.   Emanating from the earthly color range, the color palette is held in a northern spectrum that mimics nature in all its shades. From the wide fields of heather, over to the muddy puddles to the pitch-black basalt rocks. A seasonal color is regularly added. The line is broken down to the essential, where absence of noise is crucial, thus rich on subtle details. The line contains a silent reflection of the BARBARA I GONGINI DNA. The product features a contemporary timeless look, which contains trend elements as well as touching terms like street, sport, rock and tailoring. In solemn harmony with the natural surrounding. Our story continues.


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  • Profil

    BARBARA I GONGINI WINS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED CULTURAL PRIZE

    Yesterday evening, on the 24.01.2018, the designer Barbara I Gongini has received the annual Faroese Cultural Prize handed by Mrs. Rigmor Dam, Minister of Culture, Research and Education in the Faroe Islands. The price is the highest recognition given by the Ministry of Culture, to honor a Faroese person of culture, to show gratitude for cultural accomplishments.   With inspiration from the Faroese nature, the ever-changing weather and the thrift that comes with having limited resources, she is a pioneer in the field of the sustainable clothing industry. Her experimental and process-oriented working methods showcase a wide span of complexity. Setting the focus on gender equality, the strength of the individual as well as on the playful imaginative tale of craftsmanship that breathes freedom of self-expression.     


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  • Everlasting Garment

    Everlasting Garments are the Most Sustainable

    As a fundamental material that binds man to nature, leather has a special place in the avant-garde dressing philosophy. Its versatile and durable organic texture means that it can be molded to give a supple or coarse touch, all while retaining its flexibility and resistance to wear. They say that leather gets better with age, but that’s only true when you treat it with care. When you look after it, a leather jacket will reveal its timeless character over the course of many years. It can even become a heritage item, passed down for generations. If you want to prolong and enhance the life of your leather garments, read on and find out how to care for your leather products, what reasons there are to opt for genuine leather, and what sustainability questions are important to consider.


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    BALD WITCH

    Photographer Yana Bardadim shot Dancer and Actress Krista Morgenson in New York.


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  • The Leather Jacket

    The Leather Jacket

    No other wardrobe item is as bold and offbeat as the black leather jacket. An undying wardrobe staple for many, the leather jacket has made history as the favorite attire of the rebellious and the avant-garde. Classic cuts have turned it into an item that is at home in classic and conceptual wardrobes alike. Yet there's more to styling this garment than the “biker” look that established it as a cult item. Keep reading to uncover the cultural influence of the black leather jacket and discover new, original designs and styling ideas for men and women.


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  • Multiways

    #MULTIWAYS

    Avant-Garde fashion means no set rules. The concept of styling a piece in several ways is rooted in the movement’s ideal to provide simple but useful garments. In our language, this approach is called MULTIWAYS, therefore experimentation is one of the crucial values that we support and a main pillar of our DNA. Multiways garments are designed to give the wearer a functional piece of fashion with elements easy to adjust, so that it seems like wearing a different piece every time.


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  • Mki

    I'M ONLY ALIEN

    I’M ONLY ALIEN is made to challange our view on human morphology and the relation between us and nature. The silhouettes are inspired by reptiles and abnormal growth.


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  • Nordic Aventgarde In Cilence

    NORDIC AVANT-GARDE IN SILENCE

    Alongside the colour black, Barbara I Gongini presents shades of non-dyed fabrics in natural tones in her showroom in Paris. The beauty lays in the silence of the fabrics in contrast to the expressive textures. It’s like a Nordic myth, just like the designer herself, born in the razor-sharp landscapes of the Faroe Islands but currently based in Copenhagen. Let’s see what the designer had to say through her Spring/Summer 2018 collection presented in Paris.


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  • Sustainabel Fashion Gets Cemercial

    SUSTAINABLE FASHION STARTS WITH ETHICS & DESIGN

    Sustainable fashion starts with design and with you, the fashion wearer. A sustainable approach to making and buying clothes is key to protecting the planet, as well as the lives of those involved in the creation of garments. At BARBARA I GONGINI, we believe that sustainability is not just a trend, but a cause we can all become part of to secure the future of the upcoming generations. If you’re interested in making a change, keep reading to discover more about sustainability and ethics in fashion and how you can build a green, zero waste wardrobe!


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  • Modular Human

    The Modular Human Installation

    The Weather Diaries are now also exhibited in Boraas, Sweden, at the Textilmuseet / Textile Fashion Center commencing from the 21th of October to the 4th of March, 2018.


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    Chelsea Wolfe for Bullet Magazine

    When it comes to Chelsea Wolfe, there are some things that are too personal—in fact, most things are. But you’d never be able to guess that after listening to Hiss Spun. On her seventh album, the Sacramento-based artist delves into her own experiences with anxiety and addiction, laying bare all the emotions that come with growing up. And in a world where all we see are sun-drenched selfies and pics of girls on what feel like perennial vacations, Wolfe details the feelings of an endlessly bad day. That unapologetic honesty, coupled with the 33-year-old’s dissonant yet dreamy howl, makes Hiss Spun more than a rarity—in showing her own bruises, Wolfe unearths ours. 


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    THE LATEST NON-TRENDS OF AVANT-GARDE FASHION

    Year after year, fashion trends change, and lead to a continuous adjustment of what is considered popular. However, a lot of fashion trends tend to come back and, with the rise of fast fashion, millennials and the intellectual audience are starting to deem the whole idea of trends as out of style. As summer approaches, this seems to be the year of the avant-garde.


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  • Thought On Gender

    THOUGHTS ON GENDER EQUALITY AND ANDROGYNY

    Of course, we attend the Pride Parade in Copenhagen every year, where we celebrate the beautiful and colorful diversity of genders.  Unfortunately, there is still is a clear necessity to manifest that same sex relationships is the norm, even though its old news. It is therefore important to state that that the freedom to love whom you choose is just a basic human right. It would be a more colorful world if it would be fully embraced.


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    SUSTAINABLE FASHION GETS CHIMERICAL

    Chimerical: (adj):  existing only as the product of unchecked imagination; fantastically visionary.


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    DELVING DEEPER INTO THE WORLD OF BARBARA I GONGINI

    BARBARA I GONGINI is no stranger to the world of the avant-garde. On the contrary, she’s an exemplar of the creative niche and its Nordic constituents. Deux Hommes last saw her Spring/Summer 2017 collection a year ago at Copenhagen Fashion Week where her runway channeled the unquestionable spirit of a particularly well-known Tim Burton character.


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  • In Conv 6

    IN CONVERSATION WITH _ HEVN STORE IN OSLO

    In Conversation With is an ongoing series of interviews, aiming to give you an insight of inspiring collaborators, store owners that carry our designs in their stores as well as individuals that are strongly connected to our BARBARA I GONGINI Universe. Dive now deeper into the HEVN Store in Oslo, which was opened by Maia and Knut in 2013. With their great selection of nordic designers they take pride to stock only those with a clear focus on sustainability and ethical production. 


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    BARBARA I GONGINI MAINLINE

    The BARBARA I GONGINI main collection is moving into a free realm, with form of expression and playfulness at its core. A sphere where raw authenticity underlines the process of creation. The experimental and conceptual approach to the garments cuts, choice of fabric and visible treatments, are the center of attention. The collection contains a clear reference to the modular process, where craftsmanship has a strong hold on each garment. The BARBARA I GONGINI Man 10 and Women Collection 27 is taking new grips on categories like tailored, sportswear and denim. The aim is to morph a new outcome that reflects a natural choice of fabric with a slightly more progressive form language.


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  • A Chatter

    A SHATTERED CHIMERA

    A sudden encounter of the streets of Paris. Rain is pouring. Likeminded souls connect. We met the photographer Yana Bardadim during Paris Fashion Week and immediately thought about putting a spontaneous shoot together. The outcome is a striking visualisation of a fierce collaboration, where strong postures and warrior-like clothing stands in sharp contrast with the models face. 


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    IN CONVERSATION WITH _ KAUFHAUS WALL IN VIENNA

    In Conversation With is an ongoing series of interviews, aiming to give you an insight of inspiring collaborators, store owners that carry our designs in their stores as well as individuals that are strongly connected to our BARBARA I GONGINI Universe. The first one is with Andreas Wall from Kaufhaus Wall, Vienna.


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  • How To Dress Aventg

    HOW TO DRESS AVANT-GARDE

    Many people choose to wear avant-garde clothes because they want to break free from daily expectations. They want to define themselves outside the social norms that dictate how we should decorate and clothe our bodies. If you are one of those people and you want to find out more about how to dress avant-garde, you're in the right place. This article will help you identify the guiding principles of avant-garde fashion, so that you can go out knowing what to look for. You will also find out some of its more conspicuous characteristics, which you can easily integrate into your style.


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  • Haretage

    INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA I GONGINI

    I think that sustainability is a way of living and of course a way of being. Whilst living in one of the cleanest environments on earth, I have always been very close to all the elements that somehow influence one´s core being. There is therefore no other alternative way, than thinking in these terms. The approach of creating a sustainable company definitely comes from the tradition, the closeness to the forces of nature and the responsibility for our surrounding, which is deeply rooted in myself. 


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    AS SEEN In_ KALTBLUT MAGAZINE

    A KALTBLUT exclusive menswear fashion editorial. Starring Alex Francisco. A Barcelona-based model that works as a freelance fashion stylist. He is one of salient figures in city’s cultural life.


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    AVANT-GARDE FASHION _ A MODERN DEFINITION

    An unorthodox and radical current, Avant-Garde is synonymous with pushing the boundaries of culture for well over a century. Since its first inception, this movement generated major progress in fields like art, music, architecture, literature, theatre and film and most importantly, fashion. In fashion terms, avant-garde spanned generations of notable designers who reshaped the way people perceive and wear clothes. Characterized as progressive and forward thinking, the once eyebrow-raising style is now a worldwide phenomenon. One of these avant garde designers is Barbara í Gongini, an active participant in the Nordic art discourse, in close collaboration with film, music and photography artists, which all added to her creative process. Keep reading and take a journey through her views on what is avant garde fashion today and how it all started!


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    PARIS FASHION WEEK _ MODULE MODULAR

    BARBARA I GONGINI launched the collaborative Film Module Modular on thursday during Paris Fashion Week. Accompanied by an art installation where leather was morphed to human features, felted hair and oversized silhouettes were set in the limelight. The whole Crew, is beyond words about this incredible Film Launch & Reception and want to thank not only all our beloved collaborators, who created a stunning piece of art, but also our guests, which brought an amazing vibe to the event. A massive ありがとうございます goes out to Luigi Clavareau and the in)(between art gallery for hosting us.


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  • Lofficial

    Tie me up Tie me down

    "Tie me up Tie me down" SS17 White Parachute seen in the 10th anniversary issue of L´Officiel Singapore. The story is inspired by the Rubberband Philosophy, a way of living life that stretches yourself mentally and encourages you to stay persistent and be more flexible in the face of adversity. 


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    Film _ MODULE MODULAR

    In visual collaboration with Mikkel Völcker, BARBARA I GONGINI goes back to her roots – the Faroese Islands. Visualizing the transformation from an ancient primitive tribe to the next level of humanity. Within the film the collaborators extend the idea of the model using clothing to dress up and down. The danish hairstylists Søren Bach and Joekim Davie Lenny Nielsen are creating looks, transforming from the pure and vulnerable raw skin to outrageous leather shapes and headpieces.


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  • Universe Studio

    INSIDE BARBARA I GONGINI STUDIO

    Peek inside our BARBARA I GONGINI studio which is giving us space to evolve. REFSHALEØEN_ this former industrial site in the harbor of Copenhagen was once home to one of the world's largest shipyards. We are surrounded by industrial concrete walls, where metal bars elongate into the light ceilings. Reusing spaces that had an arcane life in days of yore.


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  • Aestetic

    AESTHETIC EXISTENCE

    BARBARA I GONGINIs' archive designs are once again set into the spotlight by Wiktor Hansson. This time in his striking self portrait series "Aesthetic Existence". With his extravagant posing and the toned down designs which are draped around his torso, he proofs that beauty lies in the monochromatic moment of movement.


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  • Homeland

    HOMELAND _ ROOTING BACK TO NATURE

    BARBARA I GONGINI and the photographer Morgan Norman teamed up to create a visual story - an avant-garde approach on the fragility of humanity and the connection to nature.   


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    MOVEMENT _ VISUAL STORY

    BARBARA I GONGINI and the photographer Morgan Norman teamed up to create a visual story - an avant-garde approach on body language. Morgan Normans is showing the battle and love between two forces where the one cannot exist without the other. Shot on the Dancers from the Royal Danish/Swedish Ballet and styled in BARBARA I GONGINI designs for a fragile, yet strong outcome. 


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  • Many A Wondera

    Many a wanderer. Few reach their destination.

    Many a wanderer. Few reach their destination. These treacherous lands. Alas, they take so many. Their razor-sharp cliffs, mesmerising drops, hounding winds and roaring seas. These are no plains for the faint hearted. Amidst the wilderness, a notion of aesthetic liberation has arisen. Barbara í Gongini, a constant gardener, resilient to such barren circumstances, finds beauty here. Constructing her eponymous universe tactically and without hesitation. Barbara is as sincere as the garments her hands have meticulously yielded. She is a true artisan, an observer of our times. We caught up with her, after her latest presentation in Copenhagen, to explore her profound take on contemporary wardrobes, that unique connection to dance and the resonance of soundscapes.


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    AS SEEN IN _ Less Magazine

    "Everybody thinks the Faroe Islands are so, so green. Very often it is the contrary, almost like living within a black and grey mist.”


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  • Elements Of Theatrics

    AS SEEN IN _ CHASSEUR MAGAZINE

    Designing is a process that requires skills, knowledge and above all creativity. For Barbara I Gongini, one more thing comes into play and that is heritage. Gongini’s Nordic roots have long now been adapted to her designer DNA, becoming the main force behind every new collection. Just a few weeks before the unveiling of her latest offering at the Copenhagen Fashion Week, we sat down with the designer for an exclusive interview where we discuss design anatomy, the influence of heritage and the future of high-end fashion.


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  • A Different Take

    a different take on Nordic garments

    I can’t open my eyes. A dazzling light wraps and blinds me. It’s warm and glacial together. I feel strangely free. The light is charging a creative power, it’s exciting. It speaks with me. It tells me a story of fashion and art, tradition and innovation. A story with a northern European charm… The unusual fairy-tale of a modern Hans Christian Andersen, that of BARBARA I GONGINI.


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    FETISHISM

    We are all born in bondage with a cord around our baby body. An umbilical cord that is the lifeline of gestation and that bonds us to our mother in the most intimate way. The separation anxiety we feel throughout life begins here. This is where the human quest for other forms of connections and bonds starts. Trying to re-enact the primal bond of life, we learn about how fetishism endure life. 


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  • A Laconic Jerney

    A LACONIC JOURNEY

    Time tells many tales. A journey to the remote Faroe Islands is a truly overwhelming experience, filled with emotions, sounds and scents. Hailing from these unique isles, is BARBARA I GONGINI, creative director of her eponymous line. Her words resonate strongly as she speaks, calm and quietly composed. We sat down over black coffees to find our more about her connection with her roots, keeping black relevant and the ethical timelessness of her vision. A conversation with Barbara.


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  • Nordic By Nature

    NORDIC BY NATURE

    There is a difference between the sexes, as there should be—thank God for that," says Faroese designer Barbara I Gongini. "Nonetheless, there is a place, in my opinion—somewhere in the mid center—where there is a crossover or a neutral zone that I am quite fascinated with. It is in this "neutral zone" that Gongini developed her striking style that mixes avant-gardism and androgyny. With her eponymous line, Gongini irreverently blurs the line between the masculine and feminine that humanizes, and equalizes, fashion. We spoke with the designer, who is currently based in Copenhagen, about sustainable ethics, fabrics as art, and how her clothes allow the wearer to be whomever they want to be.


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