Designer Diaries – Princess Sofia and Ida Lanto

I think that somewhere back home in my childhood house, among all the glitter and fabrics, my love for couture developed. Knowing that anything is possible and there is no right or wrong. It is only your imagination that sets the limits.

Ida Lanto

Ida Lanto was born in 1989 in the Swedish village of Litslena in Uppsala. In her own words, design has been “in her blood” since her earliest days. After attending the Nordic Design School and graduating in 2011, she launched her own brand and has never looked back. Her designs are very feminine, but not overdone. She loves incorporating lace and embroidery into tailored, elegant silhouettes.

Photo Credit: Lisa Dahlgren

Princess Sofia has taste in evening wear that varies from the very feminine to the streamlined, and Ida Lanto has provided her with the variety she craves. The Princess has worn the designer’s work to some of the higher profile events she attends, including the fanciest of them all – the Nobel ceremony.

March 2017 Gala

For the first official dinner of the 2017 royal year, Princess Sofia wore a sleeveless Ida Lanto gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt. She accessorized with the Cut Steel tiara.

December 2017 Nobel Ceremony

The Princess reached for this full-skirted Lanto gown for the fanciest event of the year. The dress featured the trademark simple Lanto lines, coupled with lace fabric for a feminine effect.

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March 2019 Dinner

For occasions that aren’t quite as high profile, Lanto has designed gowns for the Princess that forego embellishment and let the silhouette do the talking.

October 2022 State Visit

Most recently, we saw a couple of Lanto gowns during the Dutch State visit. She re-wore an off-the-shoulder number by the designer (again with the full skirted “Lanto” effect) for the gala dinner.

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She again reached for Lanto for the concert the next night: you can clearly see the designer’s signature silhouette enhanced this time with liberal sparkling embellishments and exaggerated sleeves.


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