Diplomatic Wives, Cultures of Dress and Brita Kekkonen
A New Study on the Cultural History of Diplomacy Has Started
Keywords:Dress History, Brita Kekkonen, The History of Diplomacy, Diplomatic Wives, Sewing, Material Culture
In this article, I discuss the private dress collection of Brita Kekkonen (1927–2013), a diplomatic wife, who was a very well-known figure in Finland during the period of the Cold War. Brita Kekkonen was also a very talented dressmaker and a very fashionable figure in diplomatic circles. Some eighty outfits made by Brita Kekkonen have survived to this day, in addition to her voluminous pattern collection, containing more than 1,000 patterns from several decades. The aim of my new postdoctoral research project is to identify Brita Kekkonen’s dresses and examine their use, politico-cultural meanings and design in the context of the Cold War, diplomatic etiquette and Kekkonen’s own personal history.
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