International Fashion Research Library Ties With the National Museum of Norway


The International Fashion Research Library is ready to open physically. Founder Elise by Olsen announced a deal with the National Museum of Norway in Oslo.

Elise by Olsen, founder of the International Fashion Research Library (IFRL), announced his way to appear physically. This morning she publicly declared the tie with the National Museum of Norway.

The IFRL will be part of the new national museum of art, architecture and design, which is based on almost 180,500 square feet in Oslo.

It will be housed in a separate building, where IFRL will continue as an independent institution.

IFRL is designed to elevate the printed culture of fashion to a directional level. International Fashion Research Library launched in October 2020 and continues as a digital platform.
IFRL offers maximized digital experience and archive print materials.

Olsen noted that after months of isolation and the endemic challenge, people are finding some in-person activities.

She said, “As a library, our premise is based on physical and tangible objects and material.” Olsen said it is essential to open a place where all the materials can be browsed.

She mentions its location wise advantage, and states “The fact that the library will be located in a remote city like Oslo and not in one of the main fashion metropolises creates a natural ground for this to play out.”

IFRL’s Goal

The International fashion research library started with a mission to offer free global resources.

They provide their help to researchers, professionals and ordinary people. They chart the fashion history from 1979 to further.

They designed the library as per the goals. They added the archive and the study space. They plan to have exhibition programs along with educational, editorial and curatorial activities.

IFRL also continues to build its permanent collection. With the help of some major fashion houses, design agencies and media specialists.

Coeval books, magazines, show invitations, illustrations and other printed materials are part of their collection.


Olsen launched her signature project International Fashion Research Library, on October 15, 2020.

During the pandemic, industries understood the importance of archives, which didn’t get enough volume before. And Olsen noticed this issue and started the initiative.

The project was built upon a gift from Olsen’s mentor Mark Klein’s side, known as the “architect of influencer”. To make it successful, Klein helped a lot.

The result is that IFRL Recently received 1000 pieces of donation from Hermès, Rei Kawakubo’s Commodes Garçons, the design agency M/M Paris and international magazine distributor KD Presse.

Olsen formed the library’s board with four integral members: Carla Sozzani, founder of 10 Corso Como; Steven Kolb, president of the council of fashion designers of America; Yoshiko Edstrom, CEO of Edstrom office and Ina Delcourt, former head of Public Relations at Comme Des Garçons and Hermès International.

Olsen started publishing her magazine at the age of 13. After that, she began her small former magazine Wallet.

She released her 10th and final edition of Wallet in late July at the age of 21. She named its archive issue “Heirs of History”, which examines fashion history.

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