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Seattle designer creates with a uniquely Norwegian inspiration and imagination

Fashion flight of fantasy reaches new heights

Madison incorporates an element of fantasy in her dresses, crafting them in flowing fabrics. She often embellishes them with buttons or buckles that come from Norway or are custom crafted after Viking patterns. Her colors are reminiscent of Norwegian nature: icy blues, deep forest greens, wildflowers in all colors of the rainbow, iridescent shades like the frothy foam of the sea.
— Lori Ann Reinhall, April, 2018

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I've named this series, Hilde" - a play on words between the great valkyrie shieldmaiden known as Brunhilde and the Scandinavian version of the siren called the "Huldra."I aim to capture the strength of the Valkyries and the mystic properties of forest spirits found throughout Norwegian folk tales into designs fit for a viking queen.

PC: Calysta Sarah Model: Oivia Bachman HMUA: Scotti Provo

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"Reveur" is a french word, meaning dream, dreamy, and daydream. The feeling of lightness and the ethereal qualities of this shoot made the results of it quite dreamlike.

PC: Tarla Walton

 

 Model: Stephanie Miller MUA: Mo Moxie

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"Winter Enchantress" is a gorgeous shoot where we really wanted to capture the beauty and stillness of winter. Winter is such a huge part of Scandinavian culture since it is so cold and dark for a great part of the year. As a Scandinavian, there is a greater sense of embracing winter and finding those precious still moments to connect with the world around us.

PC: Arina Sizemore Model: Maria Rojkova HMUA: Madison Leiren

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Friday Harbor High School graduate Madison Leiren, owner and designer of Leiren Designs, will debut her runway show on May 17, which is Norwegian Constitution Day, a largely attended day in Ballard. The fashion show will be held in the main hall of the new Nordic Museum. It is meant to bring attention to the museum’s new location and to create a regeneration of the image of Scandinavian culture in Seattle. In producing a fashion show, Leiren is hoping to share cultural inspiration through the lens of art and design.

 

In the past, Leiren volunteered with the museum during their Viking Days in August as a viking reenactor and created custom designs for their annual auction. Her future hopes for the partnership are to get more young people interested in culture and to see the rich wisdom that comes from appreciating history. Fashion is a great tool for bringing about such visibility and appreciation from a wider audience.

 

Leiren’s family has been a strong part of the Scandinavian community in Seattle. They make contributions to the museum and through her uncle Terje Leiren’s 40 years of working and chairing the Scandinavian Department at the University of Washington. Through fashion, Leiren wants to preserve her family’s legacy and the old Norse ways of courage, adventure and bravery. Leiren hopes that these pillars of the old Norse ways will inspire and strengthen future generations."

 

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