1926-2019 Didder Rønlund

Didder Rønlund, who through her more than 75 year long career made a name for herself as one of the leading Danish fashion journalists, has passed away.

Saturday 26 November, the legendary Danish fashion journalist Didder Rønlund passed away at the age of 93. Throughout her more than 75 year long career as a writer, she became a beloved figure in the industry and her absence will be felt deeply. Didder started her writing career in 1942, at 16, and remained active as a writer up until a few years ago where she contributed with Copenhagen Fashion Weeks reviews for the Danish Fashion Institute. Before then, she had worked for both Billed Bladet, B.T. and Dagens Nyheder, where she started her career. She witnessed the fashion industry we know today develop from its very heart, in Paris, just like she has watched the rise of the Danish fashion industry, as it emerged.

If you were ever lucky enough to be immersed in conversation with Didder Rønlund, you have most likely felt her hand upon yours while she patiently listened and shared stories and insight. Because that is how she met the world — with presence and interest. It was with the same energy she conveyed the fashion that she, throughout her career as a fashion journalist, explored. Didder was an integral part of our industry, and the number of people’s careers and lives she has touched became instantly apparent when the news of her death spread last Saturday. She was a warm and loving friend to many, a sparring partner to many and an inspiration to all of us who live and work with both words and fashion every day. Because Didder Rønlund, who up until her 90th birthday in 2016, could call herself an active fashion journalist, in possession of her sharp eye for fashion and her curiosity for life, until the very end. 

She had a rare natural elegance and always appeared well dressed, organised and immaculate — even towards the end, when crouches became a necessity, and she preferred to walk holding a friend’s arm, so that the visual impression was not impaired. Didder Rønlund paved the way in a time when she as a woman had to fight to prove her worth and right to be in the workforce, and it’s apparent to everyone that she possessed a deeper will, strength and joy for life than most. That is deeply inspiring and worth both praise and remembrance. 

Read Diddder Rønlund’s obituary, beautifully written by Carla Christine Bruus Aagaard-Strube, Editor-in-Chief at Fashion Forum here. The article is in Danish.