Icelandic fashion designer kicks off 'Bling'

Alaska Design Forum 2014 lecture series to focus on ornamentation
Icelandic fashion designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir will be the featured lecturer in the first Alaska Design Forum presentation's Bling lecture series on Tuesday at the Back Room.

The Alaska Design Forum will open their spring lecture series, “BLING,” in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage next week, with guest speaker Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, an internationally acclaimed fashion designer from Reykjavik, Iceland.


In Juneau, Sigurðardóttir’s talk will be on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Back Room at the Silverbow. This season’s lecture series focuses on the role of ornamentation in contemporary design, and includes presentations by designers, architects and artists from all over the world.

Born in 1960, designer Sigurðardóttir left Iceland for the first time to attend Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating in 1986, she began working for some of the top names in fashion, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Tom Ford at Gucci. She returned to Reykjavik in 2000 and launched her own line, STEiNUNN. Sigurðardóttir’s designs includes knitwear such as hats, and clothing such as coats. and often display unusual and dramatic textures. In an interview with The Röhsska Museum for Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden, Sigurðardóttir said she considered herself “both an architect and sculptor of fabric,” creating pieces that are reflective of Iceland’s landscape.

“I wanted to create an aesthetic directly inspired by the glaciers, the lava, the stark white winters and the shimmering northern lights. I wanted, too, to incorporate elements of my Nordic heritage, the woodcuttings, the drama, the national costume.”

Her awards include the Knitted Textiles Association’s “Designer of the Future” award (1985), the Adri Gold Thimble Award (1986) and Iceland’s “Designer of the Year” award (2003). She was also honored with the Knight´s Cross of The Order of the Falcon, awarded by the President of Iceland in 2007, and was one of seven designers nominated for an Icelandic Visual Arts Award in 2006.

For more on Sigurðardóttir, visit

Here’s a look at the full schedule of BLING lecturers.

Jan. 21: Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, Fashion Designer, Reykjavik

Feb. 25: Fuhrimann Hächler, Architect, Zurich

March 4: Ball-Nogues Studio, Integrated Design, Los Angeles

March 18: Will Alsop, Architect, London

March 25: Jessica Hische, Graphic Design, San Francisco

April 8: Supermachine, Multi-Disciplinary Design, Bangkok, Thailand

April 15: Solid Objectives, Architect / New York

For more on the Alaska Design Forum’s lecture series, visit


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