Pontus Samuel

The photographs in this post is photographed by my grandfather Samuel Skoglund in the late 1960s. Unfortunately I never got to know the story behind the pictures. But when viewing the motives, my interpretation is that the man behind the camera is doing a research of some sort. Maybe he is examining the dancers and their movements, or the relationship between the female dancers. I got very curious and from that point I wanted to know more about dancers and how clothes play a part in their lives. 

It is difficult to say when dance became a part of human culture, but we have engaged in dance forms for a very long time. It is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body. It is being performed by many different cultures and uses it as a tool of emotional expression, social interaction or to simply tell a story. Although clothes may change depending on culture, style or sport, I wanted to know how a dancer view their clothes and their perceptive on fashion within a specific dance form.  

As a ballet dancer herself, Louise Bjelke was more than willing to answer some of our questions!

What is your main priority when it comes to attire within dance? Looks or function?
Looks definitely plays a part but perhaps primarily from a functional perspective I would say function. It is important to see the body, seeing the lines in the various dance steps. Every little movement has a major impact on how your results will be. Ballet is a very particular sport and art form where every millimeter, every little muscle plays a major part on how the outcome will turn out. You especially have to keep it simple to focus on your balance because if something were to disturb and compromise your movements the choreography would change. It is important that both you and your teacher can see how you can improve yourself at all times. The clothes sit very tight on your body during classes because it is the most practical. Now and then you may have a sweater over to keep warm at the start of the lessons but also in the end it is all about functionality.

How do the costume make you feel when performing on stage?
The clothing during performances depends on what it is you are performing. Even though ballet is a sport it is also an art form and there lies a lot of acting and emotions underneath. Personally I love that part of the dance, when you get to step in to another character. Obviously, the acting does not come from the clothes but they help a few steps along the way.

Are there any trends in dance and sports clothing? 
I definitely think you see trends when it comes to sportswear. Especially since today it is very fashionable to be healthy. A lot of designers is very influenced by that and tend to design in the sport direction, which I love! Because although it is very much about functionality when you dance, it is much more fun when you feel a little beautiful too. 

Photography by 
Samuel Skoglund 


Connected Magazine

In the world of fashion we very often talk about visual beauty. The beauty that we can see with our eyes and that we wear as our second skin, namely our clothes. But we rarely talk about how we can accomplish the same sensation of beauty through our other four senses. Explained in a rough "translation" by Wikipedia, beauty is a characteristic of a person, object, place or idea. It provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. And as someone once said: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Each individual has their own subjective view on the matter. Perceptions of beauty is evolutionarily determined and what is considered beautiful is constantly changing and evolving.

When we were children, brushing our teeth and taking our baths was something that we were taught so we would maintain our basic hygiene. Most of us have adapted to this common cleansing routine and maybe even to another level by the time we hit our teens. There are countless of products that have multiple purposes these days. All to make us feel and smell beautiful. But it can be quite overwhelming to look at hundreds and hundreds of different beauty products, all promising "perfect complexion" and "baby soft skin". Great basics in your bathroom doesn't have to be complicated. It's important to use what your body wants and responds to. What works for someone else might not work for you. Just keep that in mind.

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Connected Magazine

Connected Magazine has finally made its debut! We are very proud and excited to showcase our work and let the reader explore the pages. We have gathered everything we dedicate our lives to in this issue. In this magazine you will not find "the latest trends" or "the best beauty products". You will on the other hand find, for example, a discursive article about the phenomenon "sportswear mixed with high fashion" and a photo editorial about the benefits of wearing black clothes.

The reader will be guided through the content with a simple structure and a clean layout. As the magazine is more informative and non-commercial it approaches the sense of reading a book rather than a magazine. We want you to think about what fashion means to you and what function it holds in your life - and we truly hope that our magazine conveys this message truthfully.

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