Friday, January 3, 2014

Frozen in Nordic Dress

For those of you who have not yet seen Disney's Frozen, you are seriously missing out in life. Seriously, your life is significantly lacking in some amazingness. If you are like I was before I saw this fabulous movie, you probably haven't even heard of it, or if you have you think it has to do with a weird snowman and thats about it. Well it's not. Yes, there is a weird, funny snowman in it, but it is about so much more. It is about two sisters on a journey to find love and understanding while facing the obstacles of curses, potential throne-stealers, giant snow monsters, and of course, true love in the form of devilishly handsome nordic men. With characters named Hans, Kristoff, Olaf, Elsa, Anna, and the sort, coupled with fantastic music and a reindeer named Sven, oh and a bunch of little troll people, I really don't know why you wouldn't want to see this movie. That is unless, of course, you have no heart and hate all things joyous and wonderful. If that is the case I hope you have a nice life with the Grinch and Mr. Scrooge. However, if you are any kind of decent human being I strongly suggest that you pick up your bum and get to your nearest movie theatre this very moment and spend the exuberant amount that movie tickets are now a days, even if you have to skip a few meals for the next few days, to see Frozen. 

Now that I am done advertising for Disney (they should really pay me for this) I would like to talk about the costuming in the movie. I say costuming, but really it is the drawing of clothes on the computer animated characters. It is obvious, if not only from the characters' names and snowy, mountainous landscape, but also from the clothing that this movie has a largely scandinavian and nordic influence. 

Anna and Sven on their journey to the North Mountain 
 Kristoff's costume has the look of the traditional costume of the Saami people (the indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern NorwaySwedenFinland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.--wikipediacalled the muadta or beaska seen here: 

Where as Anna's dress is clearly influenced by the traditional Norwegian costume called the "bunad":

If you feel inclined to dress like our friend Anna here, and sadly don't have a bunad handy, I have created an alternative option:
Sweater and shirt from Ralph Lauren, Skirt from Etsy, Boots from Anthropologie
Elsa on the other hand is more like some kind of snow fairy and has magic so is therefore exempt from having to follow the trends of the times and lands. Also she apparently doesn't get cold so wool and fur aren't necessary.
Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

If I haven't been able to convince you to see the movie yet, hopefully this video will, and hopefully the song gets stuck in your head forever and ever and ever, like it is in mine.

Dags att spela mina vänner och låt inte förfrysning bettet
(Now go have fun my friends and don't let the frostbite bite)


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see the cartoon :)