I just got back from a week in beautiful, cold, dark Stockholm! I was there doing research at the Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum), looking at an 18th c. robe a la turque and some other garments related to my Big 18th-Century-Turkish-Influence project. It was something of a whirlwind trip, given the flying time from San Francisco to Stockholm (THREE — count ‘em — flights to get home, meaning about 24 hours of travel time), but it was lots of fun!
Stockholm is very pretty. Lots of it is very Victorian looking, but mixed in (especially in the older parts) are beautiful, warm colored buildings:
This was even prettier on the second day we were there, when it snowed!
I was there with my husband, and we did a ton — museums, architecture, shopping for design-y items (Michael’s an illustrator, so he was all “Swedish design! Yay!”).
I got to meet Elisa of Isis’ Wardrobe and Madame Isis’ Toilette. She took me to Livrustkammaren, where they have the HUGE and fabulous royal dress collection. I got to see TWO (count ‘em!) Swedish 18th century court dresses, and Elisa was able to tell me lots of interesting things about the various pieces and the royals who wore them:
The Nordiska Museet is STUNNING:
And they had a number of really fascinating exhibits, my favorite being the jewelry and costume exhibits (of course!):
And best of all, I got to study a number of interesting 18th century costume pieces! The curators and conservators were really nice and great to work with, and they had some really interesting items in their collection.
You can see all of my pictures, including many more of the costume and jewelry exhibits, in this Flickr set.