Henrik Vibskov. Photo by Alastair Philip Wiper.
Henrik Vibskov (born 1972) is a Danish fashion designer. Vibskov has a fashion label under his own name, and also designs accessories. He also does interior design and is active as a musician. His work is considered part of the "New Nordic Movement", a term to describe 21st century design in various media as practiced by designers from Northern European countries.
Born in Kjellerup, Jutland, Vibskov graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2001; he claimed in a 2009 interview that he only applied to the school to impress a "really hot girl". He returned to Denmark and established a fashion label under his own name. His work has been shown in publications such as The Face, Brutus, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Wallpaper. He also designs accessories such as sunglasses. As one author said of him, "Pattern T-shirts, colored socks, checked fabrics, folk-inspired ponchos and colored pants all combine to produce surprising, highly unconventional collections that resist categorization. Henrik is a unique artist that marches energetically to his own drummer in many of his presentations." The Wall Street Journal, in an overview of New Nordic designers, praised his "playful fashion sense that steers clear of Scandinavian minimalism, emphasizing instead the eclectic sensibility of multicultural Copenhagen." He opened a store on Broome Street, Manhattan, in 2011.
His presentation at the 2012 Paris Men's Fashion Week drew attention for the "pulsing, amorphous pink-inflatable that alluded to passion fruit" that resembled a tongue and covered the runway; The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine commented that his clothes had "commercial sensibility and wearability" and remarked on "Vibskov's incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail".
Vibskov is also noted for his "Piggy" series, designs featuring patterns of pigs; he designed pig bags for his graduation at university and has also designed Palestinian scarves featuring them. His flamboyant designs are popular in Stockholm, Sweden, but can also be found in stores in fashion cities such as New York City and Paris. He won the Söderberg Prize in 2011 and was inducted in the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine in 2012.
Vibskov also makes and exhibits installations, sometimes combined with his fashion. In 2005, he had an exhibition, "The Aeroplane Project 2005", at the Danish Design Centre. In July 2006 he produced a collection in Paris and elsewhere which he named "The Big Wet Shiny Boobies Collection", in which his models were surrounded by an art installation consisting of shiny breasts.
Vibskov is also an artist, interior designer, film director and musician. He won the Beck's Futures prize in 2000 for his film The Monk and has also contributed interior designs to numerous places in Denmark, and has designed for the Royal Danish Horticultural Society's Garden. Vibskov is a drummer for the band Trentemøller.
- Official website
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