Bergman à la mode

Film costumes for leading ladies

10 November 2017 – 18 March 2018. 

The exhibition Bergman à la mode opens at the Museum Hallwyl on November 10th 2017 and marks the start of the 2018 celebration of Ingmar Bergman, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on July 14, 2018. The exhibition displays costumes from the Bergman films, set during the late 19th century and the early 20th century; the period during which the Hallwyl family lived and worked in their palace, before it was turned into a museum.

The Bergman female
Bergman à la mode pictures the central roles of women in Ingmar Bergman’s vast film production. The women in his films are sometimes referred to as the “Bergman female”. In his films, women bring in the colour, while the men make up a dark background.

Historical costume drama and the turn of the century bourgeoisie Hallwyl Palace perfectly frames the life of the people who lived there and the ”discrete charm” of the bourgeoisie: the ever-present maid, the young fashionista and the ageing matriarch. There are many similarities between Wilhelmina von Hallwyl and the woman (grandmother or aunt) that so often take a central position in the narrative of Bergman. Wilhelmina can be compared to Helena Ekdahl (Gun Wållgren) in Fanny and Alexander or Anna Åkerblom (Ghita Nørby) in The Best Intentions - a strong and independent women, who is in control of her assets.

The costumes are displayed in the sleeping chambers of the museum. In the exhibition we also meet Bergman as a person and as an artist as family pictures from his own childhood and growth show the parallels between Bergman’s life and the imaginary world he created.

Sketches, images and drawings
Costumes, preserved drawings and film stills form a condensed image, of the textile craft of the dresses but also of the context and the making of the movies. The exhibition presents costumes from the following films, of which most are written and directed by Ingmar Bergman: Sawdust and tinsel (1953); Smiles of a Summer Night (1955); Wild Strawberries (1957); The Virgin Spring (1960); The Pleasure Garden (1961, directed by Alf Kjellin, written by Ingmar Bergman); All These Women (1964); Cries and Whispers (1973); Fanny and Alexander (1982); The Best Intentions (1991, directed by Bille August, written by Ingmar Bergman); Sunday’s Children (1992, directed by Daniel Bergman, written by Ingmar Bergman); In the presence of a clown (1997).

Idea and exhibition design: Anna Bergman (set designer and costume designer) and Nils Harning, teacher of Costume/Props at Stockholm University of the Arts.

Co-produced with SCFI/Stockholm Costume & Fashion Institute

Catalogue: Bergman á la mode. Features texts by Anna Bergman and Nils Harning.
Editor: Lotta Lewenhaupt, author and fashion journalist.

Ingmar Bergman was a world-famous filmmaker, legendary theatre director and exceptional writer. Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala on the 14th of July, 1918, and the Hundred-Year Jubilee – starting in autumn 2017 and continuing throughout 2018 – will take place over the entire world. Ingmar Bergman Foundation have a mission to administer, preserve and distribute information on Ingmar Bergman and his works.