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GERRIT RIETVELD class of 2016

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Next in my update madness is the 2016 batch of fashion forces – whom I’ve had the honor to teach on theoretical level – graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academie. For as long as it is ‘up’, do watch the show HERE. Is was a true milestone, and not just because of the madly impressive, monumental location: the Europa Hal in Amsterdam RAI.

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the most amazing show location

the most amazing show location

proud teachers Amie Dicke, Niels Klavers (head of the Rietveld fashion department), moi & Oscar Raaijmakers, snapped by JW Kaldenbach

proud teachers Amie Dicke, Niels Klavers (head of the Rietveld fashion department), moi & Oscar Raaijmakers, snapped by JW Kaldenbach

A few of my favorite collections:

Vere van Hal

Vere van Hal

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Yoko Maja Hansen

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Yoko Maja Hansen

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Ralph W Dennis

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Ralph W Dennis

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Ralph W Dennis

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Naomi Hille

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Naomi Hille

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Marianna Ladreyt

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Iris de Jong

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Iris de Jong

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Therese Palmhager

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Eva Valdimarsdottir

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Eva Valdimarsdotti

 

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Isis Postel

RIETVELD GRADUATION SHOW 2016

Isis Postel

GERRIT RIETVELD fashion class of 2015

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Wildly overdue, as I have failed to update my site for way too long, but hereby I proudly present my brilliant former fashion theory students, who graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the summer of 2015, and by now have moved on to do all sorts of exciting things. See the unforgettably cool show at the former Citroën Garage HERE. The graphic design students responsible for all the communication were Nickie Fenja Sigurdsson & Miguel Hervás Gómez, and show pictures are all courtesy of Team Peter Stigter.

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PHOTO © 2015 TEAM PETER STIGTER FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - WITH CREDITS

Starting with a favorite look by 1st year student Chelsea Peterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And these are the graduates, each with a short profile I wrote for them:

Vita Stasiukynaite

Vita Stasiukynaite

Vita Stasiukynaite

Vita Stasiukynaite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vita Stasiukynaite (LT/LTU 1992)

Vita’s unstoppable positive energy is reflecting from her graduation collection, which narrates of a happy collision between sweet girly innocence and a brightly coloured hard edge and synthetic aesthetic. What seemed to be opposite worlds clashing turned out to be the happy chaos that is her vision of reality. Shapes inspired by vintage children’s clothing underscore the sense of wonder with which she likes to approach the world.

All fired up by her experience interning at Craig Green in London Vita is ‘super ready’ to storm the fashion system. “The most important thing is to never stop.”

Ting Gong

Ting Gong

PHOTO © 2015 TEAM PETER STIGTER FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - WITH CREDITS

Ting Gong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ting Gong (CN/CHN 1989)

Ting’s intension is to communicate with the audience. Her graduation collection called: “___” that disappears, “___” is about awareness of being and about absence. “That is why everything is semi-transparent, white; it is about space, what is here, what is the void, and I shift the focus by placing objects. I design the garments to make them perfect, so perfect that there are no questions, in that way they become easy to ignore, you can pass by and not see them.”

Returning from her intimate one-on-one internship with the young New York designer Melitta Baumeister she got the taste of life after Rietveld; “I can see now what is possible, what is new, what is bigger. What I imagine now will be there one day.” (Ting graduated Cum Laude and her work was selected for Modebelofte 2015)

Sophie Hardeman

Sophie Hardeman

PHOTO © 2015 TEAM PETER STIGTER FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - WITH CREDITS

Sophie Hardeman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Hardeman (NL/NLD 1990)

Sophie’s tendency to question normality, examining what it means to feel in place, also informed her graduation collection. Choosing conventional jeans as a starting point, she clearly challenges the public’s perspective: “With my collection I want to turn daily routine upside down. These jeans don’t conform to the earth’s rule of gravity and can just as well be worn on the moon or at any other moment in time. It is a re-revolution for jeans as the symbol of freedom. Local jean school House of Denim proudly sponsors Sophie with technical support and with Red Light Denim, recycled from jeans worn in Amsterdam. Fashion as a medium to loosen up those sticky brain cells; Sophie lets us see the world through new eyes.

As an intern at Meadham Kirchhoff in London and Bernhard Willhelm in LA, Sophie experienced the importance of expressing political ideas and fashion being anything but bland. (Sophie went on to be represented by VFiles, showed during New York fashion week, and within a year from graduation she was preparing deliveries to a top 10 selection of boutiques world wide, including Colette, H. Lorenzo, The Freathered and Radd Lounge.)

Karim Adduchi

Karim Adduchi

Karim Adduchi

Karim Adduchi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karim Adduchi (MA/MAR 1988)

Karim’s thesis was all about reconnecting with his original homeland and heritage, focussing on the story telling tradition of Berber women like his grandmother, with a special interest in everything that is – traditionally – not being said. “The collection was a process of translating the symbolism and perception of these women, to give them a voice. There is a strong duality to these women being both fragile and strong, hiding their beauty because it is a treasure. It takes time and knowledge to unravel these women’s look.” (In the year following his graduation, Karim Adduchi had the honor to be the opening show of Amsterdam Fashion Week)

Roosmarijn van Kessel

Roosmarijn van Kessel

Roosmarijn van Kessel

Roosmarijn van Kessel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roosmarijn van Kessel (NL/NLD 1993)

Roosmarijn started her graduation process by thoroughly exploring her fascination for the unjust negative connotation of Calvinism. The conclusion of her thesis then offered a perfect starting point for a narrative collection showing there is always room for personality and colour, even in the most restricted of strict forms. “Being as scholarly and analytic as I am, I have come to love the elusiveness of fashion. I love the hard work to make sense of everything but it is the intangible open ends that really fascinate me. This is what I learned at Rietveld.”

Ksenia Nunis

Ksenia Nunis

Ksenia Nunis

Ksenia Nunis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ksenia Nunis (RU/RUS 1987)

Ksenia’s graduation collection captures the ultimate sense of balance; that spilt second between that which appears to be eternal and that which is about to happen and change everything. Technology fan as she may be, her elaborate minimalist collection is an ode to nature. “I always knew I was a true minimalist but the process of opening up and learning techniques like moulage have really brought my ideas to life.”

Ksenia can’t wait to return to New York – where she interned at threeASFOUR – and to start her own label, which is predestined to sell through her own store.

Chisom Ogundu

Chisom Ogundu

Chisom Ogundu

Chisom Ogundu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chisom Ogundu (NG/NGA 1986)

The concept for Chisom’s graduation collection, ‘shades of infinity’, was birthed unexpectedly after he survived a car accident that caused a disconnect in his subconscious, leading him to research the complex simplicity of the mind, exploring the use of colour as therapy and layers of the psyche. “Everyone is made of many layers. Things may look flat and simple from afar but the closer you get the more complexities you discover, in layers, in detailing.”

His internship at Nasir Mazhar in London got Chisom eager to ‘get to work’ and get more experience before considering his ‘ultimate goal’ – his own label.

 

Tone Bjerkaas

Tone Bjerkaas

Tone Bjerkaas

Tone Bjerkaas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tone Bjerkaas (NO/NOR 1987)

Tone’s graduation collection is about “a futuristic dystopia, where the geographically scattered riots and wars we know today are a global reality.” Inspired by the research for her thesis on hyper-masculinity in hip-hop culture she created a line of ‘athleisure’ like garments for men and women, also incorporating bullet-, knife- and fireproof body armor as a modern pragmatic precaution. A satellite view photo print of the notorious housing projects in Brooklyn leaves no questions as to what direction Tone’s forecasting antenna is pointing at. (Tone’s work was selected for Modebelofte 2015)

2014 FASHION SYMPOSIUM – time for reflection

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Very proud to have collaborated with the:

which took place on 4 December 2014 at UnderCurrent in Amsterdam Noord, The Netherlands

this was the initial press release, one of the many texts and tasks I had the honor to fulfill for this widely appreciated gathering of caring professionals:

For the first time in The Netherlands, fashion industry parties stand together to take some precious time for reflection. Most notably on the position of Dutch fashion in a shifting international dynamic. With the 2014 FASHION SYMPOSIUM, which takes place on the 4th of December in Amsterdam, the initiating party Dutch Fashion Foundation redirects its focus from the presentation of Dutch fashion to reflection on Dutch fashion in order to inspire its future.

This will be a wake-up call!

In which ways should Dutch fashion adapt itself to remain successful in the future, to avoid getting isolated and to remain interesting as a discipline?

Whilst most other disciplines seem keen to stay ahead of the rapid changes we see in world, the fashion industry struggles with changing consumer behaviors, technological innovations and the growing polarity between fast fashion and slow fashion. It is obvious; the fashion industry is in need of a paradigm shift in order to keep up with a changing society, new needs, and with other sectors.

The symposium will cluster these significant developments and place them in a broad perspective. Instead of merely highlighting current market developments the symposium offers much more profound interpretations placing them in an international as well as a historical context. “This will be a wake-up call!”, proclaimed luxury fashion ‘power broker’ Floriane de Saint Pierre of global consulting firm Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associés and the new online talent platform Eyes on Talents, when she committed to the symposium as one of the first key international speakers. 

What to expect?

The symposium takes place in a unique venue called UnderCurrent, located in city district Amsterdam Noord where it floats in the river IJ offering a spectacular view on the old center of Amsterdam. The full-day program consists off a spoken column by Guus Beumer, director at Het Nieuwe Instituut, followed by keynotes from prominent international speakers such as before mentioned Floriane de Saint Pierre and Claudia Banz, curator at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, who is currently working on an extensive exhibition about fast fashion. There will be on stage debates with designers from different generations reflecting on the fashion system, a performance by Bas Kosters, and quite some inspiration for the practice, with Bugaboo and designers sharing their experiences with the Dutch Fashion Foundation’s foreign campaign Dutch Touch.

The 5th Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium

The 2014 FASHION SYMPOSIUM is also the perfect platform to celebrate excellence in Dutch fashion with the granting of the 5th Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium. The stipendium, a considerable sum of 50.000 euro in recognition of a Dutch fashion designer of international distinction to continue his or her brand in its chosen direction, is made possible by an anonymous patron and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund.

Partners

The organisations standing side by side with Dutch Fashion Foundation to realise the 2014 FASHION SYMPOSIUM are: Het Nieuwe Instituut, FashionWeek Nederland, Fashion Council NL, FashionUnited and World Fashion Centre. The symposium is powered by City of Amsterdam District of Noord, Bugaboo and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

The beautiful artwork and event design was done – at amazing speed I might add – by Rietveld graduates Niklaus Mettler and Severin Bunse (who also ‘did’ the Rietveld Graduation Show in 2014)

GERRIT RIETVELD fashion class of 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Just in time before the new semester at the GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMY in Amsterdam kicks off, the last two students from the class of 2014 passed their thesis which rounds up their graduation. So here they are, the amazing talens I was once again proud to nurture with some critical theoretic reflection: Anne-Rixt Gast, Tijme Veldt, Katja Hannula, Mikolaj Kocon, Simon Lextrait, Klara Válková, Fien Ploeger, Marije Seijn, Carlynn Armour, Marcel Kröpfl and Jurjen van Houte.

Watch their graduation show HERE and look into the paper – copy by yours truly – HERE. The beautiful paper and all other communication around THE FASHION SHOW 2014 was created by Rietveld graphic design graduates Line-Gry Hørup, Niklaus Mettles and Severin Bunse.

 

Show pictures courtesy of Team Peter Stigter.

Anne-Rixt Gast 

Anne-Rixt Gast

 

Tijme Veldt

Tijme Veldt

Katja Hannula                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katja Hannula

Mikolaj Kocon

Mikolaj Kocon

 

Simon Lextrait

Simon Lextrait

Simon Lextrait

Klara Válková

Klara Válková

 

 

Fien Ploeger

Fien Ploeger

Marije Seijn

Marije Seijn

Carlynn Armour (x20)

Carlynn Armour (21)

Marcel Kröpfl

Marcel Kröpfl

Jurjen van Houte

Jurjen van Houte

 

 

GERRIT RIETVELD graduation show 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Held on Friday June 14th at Paradiso Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Fashion Show 2013 was once again an excellent exercise in progressive style, under the direction of the head of the fashion department Niels Klavers. The set was designed by Rietveld students Merel Bernhardt and Stefan Voets and the beautiful visual campaign was done by graduate students Edwin Bonnaffé and Gabrielle Pauty. PROUD to be a teacher at a place breeding such talents! Here are some pretty photographs of the event, including some amazing designs by 1st and 2nd year fashion students shot by Omri Bigetz.


GERRIT RIETVELD graduation class of 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The new semester has already kicked off with a fresh new batch of ambitious fashion students, and I still have to salute the graduate class of 2013! Shame on me. It was a pleasure to have these talents in my class: Niki Milioni, Tumay Faydaci, Alla Kuzmik, Charlotte Beeck, Duran Lantink end Verena Michels. This here is only a selection of photo’s from their graduation show at Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso, by the amazing Team Peter Stigter.

My personal favorite: Verena Michels

'AFARBEITUNG' by Verena Michels

Power to women in crisis

New decadence by Duran Lantink

The 'Lick my clit - I'll suck your dick' dressNew decadence by Duran Lantink

3D printed devinity shoes by Duran Lantink

Trucker-tastic by Charlotte Beeck

On the Road with Charlotte Beeck

Alla Kuzmyk's brave new Ukrainians

Ukrainian folklore by Alla Kuzmyk

Its my party... by Tumay Faydaci

Monistic Group Dynamics in fashion by Tumay Faydaci

Detail and jewelry by Niki Milioni

Grow with me outfit by Niki Milioni

Apartamento & the Scheltens-Abbenes story

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

What better occasion to catch up with old friends than to pen down their ‘Bricks and mortar, blood and tears’ tale of how they ended up in their present lovely home and working together as successfully as they do. Photography couple Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are living proof of the golden formula of not only staying true to your own obsession, but also to mine it laboriously to dazzling depths, where no one can follow. Hope you enjoy the read, right here in the PDF Apartamento11 – Maurice and Liesbeth, or in the lovely paper issue #11, out now!

Apartamento #11cover

Apartamento #11

TimeCapsules launched

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

TimeCapsules is a great Warhol-esque gift item conceived by youth marketing expert Anouk van der El, designer Mae Engelgeer, creative collective Venour and the award winning product designers at Officeoriginair. It was a great pleasure to join in for some copy for the launch of this thought provoking product. As I am the proud owner of one of the very first TimeCapsules, I can contest it does put your life in a fresh perspective as it throws quite a challenge in your lap. What would you seal up in this pretty white pod for future reference, for what occasion, and for whom? Mine is still sitting here.. waiting for a plan. Chance is my son will open it some quarter century from now….

TimeCapsules

TimeCapsules

Vlisco X designer collabs for Orange Babies

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It is with pride that I make myself useful as a copywriter for the great cause of the Amsterdam based Orange Babies foundation, whose hands on initiatives help to fight HIV in Africa. The most recent occasion was the Orange Babies Gala 2012, a high profile fundraising auction event which took place on June 23rd. As part of this year’s Chic ‘n Soul themed gala the famous Dutch wax print company Vlisco, with it’s vast African connection, collaborated with some 30 young and established designers to create exclusive accessories for auction. My Eindhoven-connection, fashion and design concept store You Are Here, helped recruit an army of wonderful young design talents to collaborate in this colorful exercise. Besides the many many colorful and perfectly covetable bags, ties and bow ties here are a few gorgeous examples by Thera Hillenaar, Turina Jewellery, design studio RenS and MATTIJS. The night’s auction made a neat total of 527.805 Euro’s for the Orange Babies cause by the way.

 

Thera Hillenaar X Vlisco

 

Sandra Turina X Vlisco

 

Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren of Studio RenS X Vlisco


MATTIJS X Vlisco

GERRIT RIETVELD fashion show MMXII

Monday, June 18th, 2012

As the rookie fashion theory teacher at the fashion department of the infamous Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam I am especially proud of ‘our’ first fashion show, held on Friday June 15. The brand new head of this fashion department Niels Klavers picked an excellent location for starters, on the third floor of the academy’s new wing across from the famously stylish Gerrit Rietveld building which served as a backdrop for the 45 meters long minimalist catwalk, a fruitful collaboration with Audio Visual students Kristinn Gudmundsen and Peter Sattler, Foundation Year student Karim Adduchi and other students. The show included a fascinating selection of first and second year fashion students, three fashion graduates – Jolka Wiens, Poul Brouwer and Morta Griskeviciute – and two more graduates, Elisabeth Leerssen from textiles and Torfi Fannar Gunnarsson from audio visual. Here is a selection of first reviews of the show by Kristoper Arden-Houser on Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion site, prominent Dutch fashion reporter Georgette Koning and fashion blogger Branco Popovic. See the finale here on YouTube.

Great laser cut silhouettes by Jolka Wiens


 

Gold sheen neoprene minidress by Jolka Wiens

 

 

Shredded big coat by Morta Griskeviciute

Fascinating beautiful ravage by Morta Griskeviciute
Padded silhouette by Poul Brouwer

 

Crisp watered down tile prints by Poul Brouwer

 

Awesome sweaters knitted by Elisabeth Leerssen

Torfi Gunnarson's eccentric knitwear

The runway pictures are shot by by the infamous Peter Stigter and Jetty Ferwerda team, always loyal to budding talent, here with a bow to the lovely Schoon den Boer PR team.

For the graduation paper we did in collaboration with graphic design student Aude Debout, photography student Kyle Tryhorn I interviewed the three fashion graduates of 2012. (more…)