The history of fashion and costume
Toni Lewenhaupt was born in Stockholm in 1937 and ever since she was little she knew that she wanted to work with clothes and fashion in some way but was not quite sure how. Beginning her education at Konstfack, a Swedish university for art, crafts and design, in advertising she soon changed her major to the newly started course in Fashion illustration. The fashion education was a new subject at the time and Lewenhaupt became one of the first students with a decree in the discipline. After school Toni Lewenhaupt got a job at the Bonnier monthly magazine and got the chance to go to the fashion capital of the world, Paris. Her task was to report back to the Swedish readers about what was happening at the big fashion houses and to make drawings of the shown garments to illustrate the latest trends. After years as a fashion reporter she suddenly grew tired of the trend oriented and fugacious fashion world and started her education in art history. She started to connect the two worlds and got more and more fascinated by the idea that fashion is just as an important witness of a time and a society as art, design or architecture. Her interest led her to become one of Swedens most renowned costume historians and to start her own collection of clothes. Together with her late husband, the photographer Cläes Lewenhaupt, she came to wright several books illustrated with Cläes pictures and the two worked as a close team until he passed in 1990.