1879: 'A Doll's House' - Steen & Strøm 1797

1879: ‘A Doll’s House’

Inspired by Henrik Ibsen, ‘the father of realism’

In the late 1800s, Norway is undergoing social and cultural changes. It also marks the rise of the importance of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. This window exhibition draws its inspiration from “A Doll’s House,” where we follow the character Nora as she leaves her husband Torvald and their three children – a topic still taboo when it was first performed in 1879. To this day, the role of Nora holds an iconic status: UNESCO’s Memory of the World register calls Nora “a symbol throughout the world, for women fighting for liberation and equality.” Ibsen’s play is significant and among other things, leads to a change in fashion standards with Steen & Strøm becoming the place for women in the city to dress for the cultural change.

Foto: Fagskolen Kristiania/Benjamin Åvitsland

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