She turned the bow shirt into a weapon. Now, 37 of her own support other pioneering women


It received standing ovations when Sara Danius walked the catwalk at Stockholm Fashion Week in August 2018 wearing the bow shirt with female characters, which she herself had designed for Camilla Thulin’s collection in limited edition. The 263 shirts were torn away.

For the bow blouse, in Swedish tie blouse, was Sara Danius’ signature, and she herself had become a feminist icon.

A few months earlier, the Swedish literature professor and author – and fashionista – had been voted away from the post as the first female permanent secretary ever at the Swedish Academy. Wearing a white bow blouse in silk, she left the academy on April 12, 2018 after a fierce battle to clean up the old institution and the network of camaraderie that looked big on sexual assault.

The hashtag #knytblus appeared promptly on social media. Politicians, artists, celebrities and a host of ordinary women and men shared photos with themselves wearing a bow blouse or a scarf tied in a bow to show their solidarity with her. And the following week, more than 2,000 people – all wearing a bow around their necks – gathered for a demonstration in front of the Swedish Academy.

Now Sara Danius, who died of breast cancer in October 2019, is the subject of both an exhibition and an internet auction.

The exhibition ‘Courage lives on’ Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm, from 24 February to 18 April, shows a large part of Sara Danius’ wardrobe as well as a series of portraits of seven female academics photographed in clothes that have belonged to her. The museum’s founder, Sven-Harry Karlsson, is Sara Danius’ uncle.

And on the auction site Tradera, which has joined forces with Sara Danius’ family on the initiative ‘Courage lives on’, is now being auctioned off 102 of her belongings – clothes, shoes, bags and perfumes. The money goes unappreciated to the Sara Danius Memorial Foundation, which supports pioneering women in criticism, essay writing, humanities research, journalism and the arts.

The auction on Tradera ends on Women’s International Match Day on March 8. The highest bid at the time of writing the bow shirt with female characters is 10,500 Swedish kroner, ie 7,776 Danish kroner. If you can not afford to take part in the bidding battle for it, do not despair: There are 36 other bow blouses to choose from at the auction.

Sara Danius and her tie blouses is living feminist history in high gear.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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