ÄLV BEARS” MUSEUM BEARS

ÄLV in Swedish means River and we choose this name as we are situated in Kungälv which translated means Kings River. All of our bears are beautifully handmade using not just the style but in many cases elements of antique bears- those bears that are beyond restoration.

ÄLV BEARS

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A VERY FASHIONABLE BEAR

Famed fashion designer JEAN PAUL GAULTIER’s brought his teddy bear, wearing his very first cone bra and with full make-up!

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Gaultier had asked his parents for a doll, but they felt Barbie was inappropriate for a boy in 1950s suburban Paris, and gave him the cuddly toy he called “Nana” instead.

Gleefully plunging his sewing needle into it, fashion’s enfant terrible began his “first transformations”, constructing the prototype conical bra (in paper) for the bear more than 30 years before creating the iconic, twin-peaked corset for Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour.