Ann-Sofie Back

Born 1971 in Stockholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.

EDUCATION

1997–98
MA Womenswear Fashion, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

1993–96
BA Fashion Design, Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm

1993
Basic patternmaking, The Academy of Cutting and Tayloring, Stockholm

1993
Foundation course fashion design, Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm

1991–92
Foundation art course, Konstskolan i Stockholm, Stockholm

EMPLOYMENT

2013
Graduate tutor graduate project MA Fashion Design, The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås

2009–
Creative director at Cheap Monday, Stockholm

2005–
Graduate tutor BA Fashion Design, Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm

2005–
Designer at own brand BACK, Stockholm

2010–13
Designer at own brand Ann-Sofie Back Atelje, Stockholm

2001–10
Designer at own brand Ann-Sofie Back, London

2008
Guest tutor MA Womenswear Fashion, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

2002–04
Guest tutor and graduate tutor, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

1999–01
Womenswear designer, Acne, Stockholm

1998–99
Womenswear designer assistant Joe Casely-Hayford, London

1993–96
Print designer, H&M, Stockholm (part time during studies)

EXHIBITIONS

2014
Svenskt mode: 2000 –2015, Sven-Harrys konstmuseum, Stockholm

2013
Ränder, rytm, riktning, Nordiska Museet, Stockholm

2011
Mode Biennale Arnhem, Arnhem

2011
Moment – Ynglingagatan 1, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

2008–10
Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, River South Art Center Shanghai, White Box Art Museum Beijing

2005
Textilsommar, Virserums Konsthall, Virserum

2004
Pret-a-protester, Nordiska museet, Stockholm

2005
På modet – ny svensk kläddesign, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg

2003
ReShape, Venice Biennale, Venice

2002
Modes à Suivre, Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Paris

2002
Fashion Documenta, Palais de Tokio, Paris

1999
Stealing Beauty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Publications and documentaries

2014
One Own Personal, designer portrait, Weekday + Encens

2014
Modekokboken, April Wickström (to be published)

2013
Ann-Sofie Back, documentary, K special, Swedish national television

2012
Contributor magazine: All Hail the Queen. An issue dedicated to the work of Ann-Sofie Back. Edited by Maria Ben Saad.

2012
Modebibeln – den svenska, Karina Ericsson Wärn, Bonnier Fakta

2011
Det svenska modeundret, Karin Falk, Norstedts

2010
The cabinet that is a narrative, Lennart Nilsson (design by Jonas Bohlin), No Stress Advertising

2009
After a Fashion, Elizabeth Roberts, Ammonite Press

2008
Modedesign – samtal med, Lotta Lundstedt and Lars Hallnäs, The Textile Research Centre

2007
Young European Fashion Designers, Christine Bierhals, daab

2005
Sample—100 Fashion Designers—10 Curators, Tim Blanks, Harriet Quick, Patricia Carta, Alexander McQueen, Arianne Phillips, Walter van Beirendonck, Brana Wolf, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Ulrich Lehmann and Stephen Todd, Phaidon

2005
Fashion Now 2, Terry Jones and Susie Rushton, Tashen

2004
BACK – a film about Ann-Sofie Back and fashion, by Göran Olsson and Maria Ben Saad for Swedish national television

2004
Svensk konst nu, Sophie Allgårdh and Estelle af Malmborg, Wahlström & Widstrand

2001
Visionaire’s Fashion 2001 – Designers of the New Avant-Garde, Stephen Gahn and Alix Browne, Laurence King Publishing

MISCELLANEOUS

2013
Hall of Femmes: Design Talks, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Participants included: Ann-Sofie Back, Barbara Kruger, Ruth Ansel, Penny Martin, Janet Froelich and Cindy Gallop)

2010
Own label capsule collection for the Topshop collaborations

2008
Own label capsule collection for the Topshop designer collaborations

2008
Collaboration with Fred Perry, designed two capsule collections

2006
Own label capsule collection for the Topshop designer collaborations

2001
Stylist Miu Miu Campaign

1998–2002
Contributing fashion editor and stylist for Self Service magazine

1998–2004
Contributing fashion editor and stylist for Dazed & Confused magazine

1998–2004
Stylist for Purple, Dune och Doingbird

AWARDS

2013
Designer of the year, Swedish Elle Awards, Stockholm

2010
Topshop New Generation Award for the AW10 collection

2009
Topshop New Generation Award for the SS09 and AW09 collections

2008
Topshop New Generation Award for the SS08 and AW08 collections

2007
Topshop New Generation Award for the SS07 and AW07 collections

2007
Guldknappen Award, Damernas Värld magazine, Stockholm

2007
Swiss Textiles Award runner up, Zurich

2006
Topshop New Generation Award for the SS06 and AW06 collections

2004
Designer of the year, Swedish Elle Awards, Stockholm

2000
Designer of the year (for Acne), Swedish Elle Awards, Stockholm

1998
Best newcomer, Swedish Elle Awards, Stockholm