This summer, the Gala Hall at the Christian VIII’s Palace in Copenhagen will play host to an exhibition of royal gala gowns created by Jørgen Bender for Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Princess Benedikte lives in the east wing of the Palace.
Jørgen Bender was an influential dressmaker for the Danish Royal House for four decades. He not only designed dresses for Princess Benedikte but also for her mother Queen Ingrid and her sisters Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. The exhibition focusses on the bond between Princess Benedikte and Jørgen Bender.
Museum Director Thomas Thulstrup said, “The exhibition is a marking of the Princess’ sharp eye for quality and craftsmanship. She has always supported Danish and sustainable design, which is right in line with Bender’s design aesthetics. It is, therefore, a great honour for The Royal Danish Collection to exhibit a collection of exclusive creations from Jørgen Bender.”
“Like Blom, Bender was incredibly conscious of quality when it came to textile and models, a master at draping and a true artist”, Princess Benedikte said. He also often remade gowns for a certain occasion. “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 exhibition will run from 4 July until 30 August 2020. Read more here.