Book launch with Per Spook

Friday, June 9, 2023 – 4:00Friday, June 9, 2023 – 6:00

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design & International Library of Fashion Research invite you to an exclusive talk with the prominent Norwegian fashion designer Per Spook (b. 1939) about his time and practice in Paris.

Where: The National Museum (Auditorium), Brynjulf Bulls plass 3, Oslo Open for everyone!

The point of departure is Spook's new book Samtale om livet til Hélène Martini (L'Iimpératrice De La Nuit). Hélène Martini was a Polish-French exotic dancer who became a profiled night club owner in Paris. Spook dressed her, and she became a muse of his works.

Per Spook arrived from Norway to Paris in 1959 at the age of twenty. After doing his apprenticeship at the fashion houses Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, he became lead designer at Louis Féraud in 1962. In 1977 he established a fashion house under his own name. Up until 1994 he presented two haute couture collections a year, and for three of them he won French fashion's most prestigious award.

Introduction by Elise By Olsen (Founding Director, International Library of Fshion Research)

Conversation between Per Spook, Hanne Eide (Curator of Dress & Contemporary Fashion, the National Museum) and Else Skålvoll Thorenfeldt (Head of Communcations, International Library of Fashion Research)

Book signing in the museum store and guided tour of International Library of Fashion Research