Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium 2017

Sparring partner, ghost writer, speech coach… I don’t even know what to call myself working behind the scenes for Dutch Fashion Foundation’s Angelique Westerhof, whenever the occasion rises, like the annual Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium ceremony. The rightful winner for the 2017 stipend of a generous € 50.000,- was Gerrit Rietveld Academie alumnus Ronald van der Kemp, and our speech trumpeted his impressive artisanship, his generosity towards fashion students and emerging designers, and most of all his gutsy new approach using whatever he can get his hands on, from leftover couture fabrics to vintage pieces and whatever scrap of material his magpy-eyes desire.

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