Summer Exhibition at The Amalienborg Museum

Saturday 4 July 2020 we open the new summer exhibition at the Amalienborg Museum:

Princess gowns – Jørgen Bender’s creations for HRH Princess Benedikte

This summer, the Gala Hall will be filled with royal gala gowns created by Jørgen Bender (1938-1999) for HRH Princess Benedikte. Bender was the most influential dress maker in the Danish Royal House, and throughout four decades and changing fashion trends, he designed for the Princess, but also for her mother and sisters: Queen Ingrid, HM The Queen and HM Queen Anne-Marie.

A royal gown is often created for a certain occasion, and the design develops in a close cooperation between the maker and the client. That is why the exhibition focuses on the bond between the Princess and Bender.

Museum Director Thomas Thulstrup says: “The exhibition is a marking of the Princess’ sharp eye for quality and craftsmanship. She has always supported Danish and sustainable design, which is right in line with Bender’s design aestethics. It is therefore a great honour for The Royal Danish Collection to exhibit a collection of exclusive creations from Jørgen Bender”

”A master at draping”

Jørgen Bender felt the creative calling at a very young age. At 14, he was taken in as an apprentice to the legendary dress maker Holger Blom. Bender later took over Blom’s salon.

“Like Blom, Bender was incredibly concius of quality when it came to textile and models, a master at draping and a true artist”, recollects the Princess.

His design is inspired by haute couture and his amazing imagination, but at the same time, it is always true to tradition. All his creations were created in close cooperation with his royal clients, and according to the Princess, he was superb at drawing sketches from which good discussions arose.

The gowns were typically created to certain events, but often the Princess would let Bender change or re-do her dresses, so she could use them again:

“Jørgen Bender has changed countless of my gowns, a form of recycling, one might say. Often he would also create two versions of a gown, one for summer and one for winter”

Four decades of fashion history

21 dresses is exhibited in the Gala Hall, among others the dress she wore to her silver anniversary. The exhibition gives a unique peek into Jørgen Bender’s works, but it also creates a vue over four decades of fashion history with gowns from 1968 to 1999.

The Gala Hall in Christian VIII’s Palace is a suitable place for the exhibition as the Princess lives in the eastern part of the palace and often uses the hall for represantational purposes.


Princess gowns – Jørgen Bender’s creations for HRH Princess Benedikte

Time: 4 July – 18 October

Place: The Amalienborg Museum, Christian VIII’s Palace

Opening hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-16:00

Entrance ticket: Adults 95 DKK., Groups (min. 12 pers.) 80 DKK., Children (0-17) free, Students (with ID) 65 DKK.

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