Danish designer Cecilie Frost Bahnsen’s “everyday couture” has redefined Scandi style and earned her a place as one of Denmark’s most celebrated designers.
Born just outside Copenhagen, Bahnsen attended the Danish Design School before going on to work at John Galliano and Erdem. She launched her namesake label in 2015, and went on to win the Wessel and Vett Fashion Prize in 2016 and was a finalist for the LVMH Prize in 2017.
A long-time linchpin of Copenhagen Fashion Week, Bahnsen debuted at Paris Fashion Week with a digital show in the autumn of 2020 before hosting a physical show for Autumn/Winter 2022. Her brand is now part of the regular schedule.
Bahnsen’s designs bring together her Scandinavian heritage with romantic influences from her time working in Paris and London. Organza frills and opulent jacquard are given an edge that make her pieces at once whimsical and effortlessly wearable.
“I don’t want [my clothes] to be too precious. I want it to be something that you put on on a Monday and that you just want to live in and love,” Bansen told The Business of Fashion in 2023. “We talk about ‘everyday couture’ in the company; it has to have this relatability; it needs to feel like it’s part of your life."