Step into the world of Dorothea Gundtoft, an influential figure in the realm of fashion and the author of three internationally acclaimed books. With titles like Real Nordic Living, New Nordic Design, and Fashion Scandinavia, Dorothea's works have garnered attention worldwide, published in 45 countries by the esteemed arts and design publisher Thames & Hudson + Penguin Random House.
Dorothea's influence extends beyond the pages of her books. She has made her mark on cultural destinations and prestigious bookstores worldwide, with her works gracing the shelves of Palais de Tokyo, MoMa, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Hay Stores, Foyles, Waterstones, Amazon, The Armani Book Store in Milano, and The Strand Book Store New York.
As a regular contributing writer for notable publications like Vogue, ELLE, Dazed & Confused, and V magazine, Dorothea's insightful perspectives have captivated readers globally. Her talent has also caught the attention of the fashion industry, leading her to collaborate with esteemed organizations such as The British Fashion Council, The Royal Danish Embassy, The Swedish Export Ministry, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in London. Notably, she curated the prestigious 'International Fashion Showcase' of Scandinavian Design talent at Somerset House during London Fashion Week.
Dorothea's contributions have not gone unnoticed, as she has been featured in renowned magazines including Vogue, Dazed & Confused, V Magazine, Style.com, Número, and ELLE. Her work has also reached a broader audience through television and radio appearances, with coverage from New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, BBC, MTV, and Danish National TV, among others.
Recognized for her exceptional talent, Dorothea was awarded an ELLE Style Award in May 2013 and has received subsequent nominations in 2014 and 2015. Vogue UK also honored her with a 'New Generation Award' nomination, further solidifying her position as a leading force in the fashion industry.
I tend to wear black because I’ve worked in the fashion and design world for many years as a journalist where I see a lot of styles, but I mix it with standout jewellery and interesting accessories. I’m inspired by the 1960’s rock music scene mixed with sometimes sporty elements if I’m traveling. However if I’m in a hot climate I wear colours.
I love Sandro Paris, Isabel Marant, Ganni, Jil Sander, Prada, Maje - I mix it with vintage.
It depends where I am in the world. I like concept shops with a nice atmosphere where they think about the design, music and setting.
My mother was a model and actress, and she had that amazing rock and roll style with long blond hair. I also love the character of Coco Chanel - generally strong independent women inspire me.
Old movies by Fellini, Eric Rohmer, Goddard - or books such as Patricia Highsmith, and of course music. I love Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix.
It has to be classic and sleek with a touch of something sensual and slightly sexy. If I show shoulders I don’t show legs - I think good taste is about modesty and not about showing everything but keeping something for the imagination.
I have a one-piece sandro dress with shorts that I wear with black tights. It has a white collar and accentuates the waist. It reminds me of a mixture between a school girl and a nun - but it’s figure-hugging, so I think it’s sensual.
I can afford better brands now, but I still mix it with vintage pieces and high street. I wear what makes me feel powerful instead of worrying about what others might like.
I wear colourful pucci or Missoni dresses in Marbella or Marrakech but darker tones in cities - I like to adapt to where I am, and change according to mood. Lately I also like to mix sport elements such as a hoodie or sneakers - I think it makes me look younger and fresher.
I’ve lived in many countries and homes and been through a lot of styles. My homes used to be colourful but lately I have a need for a calm base with beige and hints of black, marble, cream and calm tones. It reflects more my need for relaxation where I can have more fun with my wardrobe.