Dressing with Purpose by Carrie Hertz


Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance.

Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions―Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti―and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.

Winner of the 2022 Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize by the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society, the book includes an essay by Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson.


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