Collectie Arnhem 2015 + 2016

September 16th, 2016 by admin

A recurring privilege is to do the communications workshop for Collectie Arnhem, the project for 3rd year fashion students at ArtEZ, where they work collectively, as if they were a true fashion brand. Putting the right words to their creative concepts is always an interesting proces, making all the decision making yet to be done so much more focussed and on the edge. These are the 2015 and 2016 editions of Collectie Arnhem, shown traditionally in the wake of Amsterdam Fashion Week in January.

Collectie Arnhem 2015

Collectie Arnhem 2015

Collectie Arnhem 2015

Collectie Arnhem 2015

Collectie Arnhem 2015

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Collectie Arnhem 2015

Collectie Arnhem 2015

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© PHOTO PETER STIGTER – COLLECTIE ARNHEM 2016

ANNE DE GRIJFF

September 16th, 2016 by admin

A former colleague in the fashion department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Anne de Grijff is a fashion designer after my heart; pioneering in ‘demi-couture’ and ‘slow fashion’. It was therefor an honor to deliver all the necessary copy for her communication and website AND to be photographed by none other than Koos Breukel – however unforgiving his portraits are, but that was exactly the point of having real women as role models (Characters) for the brand.

Koos Breukel for Anne de Grijff

Koos Breukel for Anne de Grijff

‘Casa’ Viktor & Rolf for Vogue Living Australia

September 16th, 2016 by admin

It’s always a pleasure to work with interior photographer Kasia Gatkowska. For Vogue Living Australia we did a production on Viktor & Rolf’s amazing offices in Amsterdam, which was later re-placed in the Portuguese edition of Vogue.

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The editor at Vogue Living Australia severely simplified my article, hence I insist on publishing the original version right here >>

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Modebelofte 2015 ‘Performing Advancers’

September 16th, 2016 by admin

It is going to be hard to ever outdo the 2015 edition of Modebelofte, held in the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, with a record number of 42 participating designers from a record number of 15 international MA and BA fashion courses. The ‘Performing Advancers’ exhibition of ‘fiercely innovative fashion talent’ was in fact so spectacularly designed by Niek Pulles a.k.a. Heyniek and Harm Rensink that it won the ‘Best of Dutch Design Week Award’ for its overwhelming generosity, awesome location and reach. What a victory for the fashion discipline in this particular design walhalla context.

artwork by Bastiaan de Nennie

artwork by Bastiaan de Nennie

Owning the stadion, this is how it's done

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The designers selected for the 2015 edition were: Isabelle Tellié , Tung Trinh and Josephine Goverts from ArtEZ, Arnhem; Fabian Bredt, Bram Vervoort, Olivier Jehee  and Nikki Duijst from Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague; Ting Gong, Chisom Ogundu and Tone Bjerkaas from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; Fatma Kizil from Willem de Koning Academie, Rotterdam; Anouk van de Sande and Vera de Pont from Design Academy Eindhoven; Jessica Walsh, Alan Oakes and Pauline Choi from Parsons School of Design, New York; Chou Yun Ting from Shih Chien University, Taipei; James Mitchell, Jim(Chen-Hsiang)-Hu, Gabriele Skucas, Milligan Beaumont, Gabriel Castro, Matty Bovan and Beth Postle from Central Saint Martins, London; Charlotte Grace Georgina Harris, Kathryn McGee, Yunseo Choi, Hannah Williams, Matilda Norberg and Nneka Okorie from Royal College of Art, London; Sian Alexandra Hadnum, Dawn Ansuh, Jessica Brown and Hannah Curtis from Middlesex University, London; Robyn Priestley from University of Westminster, London; Odella Yue from Winchester School of Arts, University of Southampton; Hannah Wallace from Manchester School of Art; Calum Whitley from Birmingham City University; Laure-Severac, Edoardo Rossi, Sofie Gaudier and Marie Sophie Beinke from Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Without further ado, see HERE a video impression by Heyniek, and below some images of this unforgettable event.

Jim (Chen-Hsiang) Hu (Taiwan), Central Saint Martins

Jim (Chen-Hsiang) Hu, Central Saint Martins – “The name of XI (系) in Hanese and English are both chosen, in Hanese, many words associate with fabric adopts 系 (pronunciation: xì) as a basic component, semantically it could be understood as fibre, which is the basic component of fashion. In ancient Hanese, it could also be explained as association, connection, attachment, and the situation of one comes after another, as cause and effect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Brown, Middlesex University

Jessica Brown, Middlesex University – Inspired by the 1982 sci-fi Tron; Jessica Brown’s collection embodies a knitted future rife with crochet, luminescent fabrics and gamer rebels out to make a statement. Knitwear specialist Jessica Brown developed complex 3D knitted structures using natural British wool, colored nylon-stuffed Italian yarn, tubular ‘cyberlox’ crin and glittery lurex combined with synthetic fabrics, foam and silver foil for her warrior like menswear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Williams, Royal College of Art

Hannah Williams, Royal College of Art – Inspired by the way in which sculptors worked Hannah Williams set out to create garments by sculpting onto the body. In her process driven approach, she captured each sculpting session live and the remains of the unused silicone, plaster and acrylic left on the floor was then created into a dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabian Bredt, Royal Academy of Art (KABK)

Fabian Bredt, Royal Academy of Art (KABK) – Identities have become extremely adaptable, leaving the designer to conclude that he belongs to the most plural youth generation in history. Aiming for a more collective group image rather than creating individual looks he chose to design triptych style, dividing each look over three outfits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Ansuh, Middlesex University

Dawn Ansuh, Middlesex University – took inspiration from a series of photographs by Pieter Hugo, called ‘The Hyena and other men’, which documents Nigerian street performers who train hyenas and use them to perform tricks. They use whatever objects they can find on the streets.

Hannah Curtis, Middlesex University

Hannah Curtis, Middlesex University – To riot or protest is often deemed as an act of mindless violence or destruction with little consideration for the consequences. But beyond this lies passionate defence of cultural and social identity as well as protection of traditional values.

Modebelofte 2014 ‘Seductive Precursors’

September 16th, 2016 by admin

Better posted late than never as the 2014 edition was when Modebelofte – an annual international selection fierce freshly graduated fashion talents showcased during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven – came into full force when initiator YOU ARE HERE teamed up with curators and designers Niek Pulles a.k.a. Heyniek  and Harm Rensink. Having been part of the Modebelofte team from 2012, guarding the concept and all the copy along the way, it is my honor to shine some light on the creative forces released into this world year after year. See HERE a video impression by Heyniek.

The designers selected for the 2014 edition were: Charlotte Tydeman, Angel Chen, Richard Quinn, Fiona O’Neill, Olya Kuryschuk, Jessica Mort and Anita Hirlekar  from Central Saint Martins; Ida Gro Christiansen  and Emma Hardstaff from Royal College of Art, in London; Adam Marc James from University of Westminster; Inna Stein & Caroline Rohner from Weissensee School of Art, Berlin; Tijme Veldt, Fien Ploeger, Klara Válková, Marije Seijn and Jurjen van Houte from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; Hyein Seo and Flora Seierl from Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp; Bastian Visch and Gino Anthonisse from Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; Karin Vlug, Vera Roggli, Chiara Siahaan, Sonia Aissaoui and Yiyu Chen from ArtEZ, Arnhem.

A selection:

In an attempt to capture body movements Ida Gro Christiansen came to combine flexible materials with stiffer ones allowing for new shaping possibilities and a different shaping language. The untraditional material combination adds an uncontrollable dimension into the pattern cutting process. The main material for the collection is a base of super thin stretch tulle, with boning heat pressed into it, made of laser cut furniture wool from Kvadrat hand painted with a high gloss rubber. 

In an attempt to capture body movements Ida Gro Christiansen came to combine flexible materials with stiffer ones allowing for new shaping possibilities and a different shaping language. The untraditional material combination adds an uncontrollable dimension into the pattern cutting process. The main material for the collection is a base of super thin stretch tulle, with boning heat pressed into it, made of laser cut furniture wool from Kvadrat hand painted with a high gloss rubber.

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Flora Miranda’s collection deals with the disintegration of physical borders, with the immaterial body and being. Her vision was to beam oneself from one place to the other, to break the system of space and time. The collection shows futuristic garments, fragmented and fleeing from their strict form. Colours are reduced to black and blue, making the body seem ‘scanned’ and read as pure information. The material shows sharp borders and hard shapes. Digitally printed leather is floating in rings around the body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tijme Veldt’s graduation collection ‘Rosa Supernova’ is about a boy who can’t tell the difference between his dreams and his reality anymore. The visual narrative closes in on the moment in which he loses control. The harsh reality of the world transforms into the boy’s own colourful one. The complexity of this experience is translated in a play with estranging proportions, dense layers of fabric and transparent headpieces to suggest a falling movement.

Emma Hardstaff’s graduation collection ‘Soft Extravagance’ was driven by the concept of ‘exploded silhouettes’ resulting in flat patterns that transformed through fabric manipulation into oversized yet defined garments. The use of a sheer skeleton, the tulle layer, allowed for the apparent suspension of the key elements that make up each garment. Fabric manipulation creates the illusion of a constructed and recognisable garment.

Emma Hardstaff’s graduation collection ‘Soft Extravagance’ was driven by the concept of ‘exploded silhouettes’ resulting in flat patterns that transformed through fabric manipulation into oversized yet defined garments. The use of a sheer skeleton, the tulle layer, allowed for the apparent suspension of the key elements that make up each garment. Fabric manipulation creates the illusion of a constructed and recognisable garment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marije Seijn’s collection is about ‘the decay of glory, the fall from grace’, inspired by the story of ‘Little Edie’, as told in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. Marije Seijn ‘built’ her garments with numerous layers of worn out found materials, wools and shiny fabrics, all merged together in voluminous pieces. It is unclear whether pieces are constructed by layers of damaged fabric or by desperately recovered ones.

Fien Ploeger’s graduation collection ‘Full Blown’ explores the concept of hyperreality in relation to the body. Her designs alter the body in a way that not necessarily answers to current beauty ideals. She explores the extremes of our tendency to perfect ourselves. “Is it still fashion or does it become an object? The estranging fashion objects are made off slick, shiny materials that grant them a sense of beauty, like Jeff Koons’ balloon sculptures.”

Fien Ploeger’s graduation collection ‘Full Blown’ explores the concept of hyperreality in relation to the body. Her designs alter the body in a way that not necessarily answers to current beauty ideals. She explores the extremes of our tendency to perfect ourselves. “The estranging fashion objects are made off slick, shiny materials that grant them a sense of beauty, like Jeff Koons’ balloon sculptures.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Olya Kuryschuk’s graduation collection of ‘trashed wedding dresses’ is a vision of clashing fashion cultures. To her the ‘glittery, glamorous wedding dress’ is the symbol of the trashy fashion values of the West. Olya Kuryschuk mixes this ‘trashy-ness’ with a completely different world of trashy fashion in Africa; ripped clothes and garbage bags. The result is equally ‘pop culture’ and tribal.

For her graduation collection ‘#1’ Vera Roggli experimented with rubber. Allowing herself to be guided by this design process, tirelessly perfecting her procedures, led to a new material with highly specific effects, and to a new way of attaching fabrics to each other. Vera Roggli also interpreted rubber into 3D designs such as bags and shoes, which she made in collaboration with footwear and product designer Roderick Pieters.

For her graduation collection ‘#1’ Vera Roggli experimented with rubber. Allowing herself to be guided by this design process, tirelessly perfecting her procedures, led to a new material with highly specific effects, and to a new way of attaching fabrics to each other. Vera Roggli also interpreted rubber into 3D designs such as bags and shoes, which she made in collaboration with footwear and product designer Roderick Pieters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The idea behind Richard Quinn’s graduation collection is ‘to bring cracked couture to life’. His dresses are life size 3D versions of his design process using a collage technique of ripped up and reassembled images of classic evening gowns. White painting canvas is used for the main fabric to resemble sketching paper. This effect of the rough sketch versus the perfectly finished couture dress is also implemented in his prints and embellishments.

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Charlotte Tydeman’s final collection explores the objectification of female forms during the 50’s through sculpture and pin-up imagery. Her designs mix elaborately worked fabrics with bold sexual shapes in neoprene, all predominantly in skin and pink tones, in equal parts ‘couture dream dress’ and comment on the most contemporary feminist identity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheltens & Abbenes X Epoi: Separate As One

September 15th, 2016 by admin

Photographers Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes did this beautiful art publishing project called ‘Separate As One’, gracefully assigned by Japanese luxury leather goods brand Epoi, and for which I had to honor to deliver the necessary copy. It happened to be inspired by one of my all time favorite artists: Alexander Calder.

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The art photography couple Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes have worked unwaveringly for nearly a decade and a half, carving out their unique identity as image makers. Whether commissioned by brands or magazines their work is persistently autonomous. Only the actual characteristics of the objects in front of their camera are directional for their creative process. Structures, colours, shapes and the nature of the materials used are the key elements in their photographic compositions that play with the eye.

For Epoi Scheltens & Abbenes created a series of six photographic works using the leather parts for Epoi bags to be. Inspired by famous mobiles they allow these parts and their shadows to find their own balance inside the photographic frame, freed from gravity and air circulation. ‘Separate as one’ is an ode the ‘sum of parts’ of great design.

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At their studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Scheltens & Abbenes create their photographic work for a choice list of brands including Hermes, Chanel, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Maison Martin Margiela, Uniqlo, Vitra, Pastoe and Arper, as well as for top magazine titles such as Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, Pin Up Magazine, Modern Design Review and T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine. Although the work is considered applied art as it results from these assignments, many of these series have been shown at prominent galleries and museums around the world, including Three Shadows Gallery in Beijing, Art Institute Chicago, Huis Marseille and Foam in Amsterdam, Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Danziger Gallery in New York.

In Japan Scheltens & Abbenes had exhibitions at Louis Vuitton, Limart and IMA in Tokyo, and they are currently working with Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings on a book for the contemporary porcelain project 2016/, part of the 400th anniversary of Arita Porcelain.

GERRIT RIETVELD fashion class of 2015

September 15th, 2016 by admin

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

November 18th, 2014 by admin

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

September 4th, 2014 by admin

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

 

 

10-27

March 13th, 2014 by admin

Everything has its place in the universe and so does the brand new salon by Taco Stuiver, hair dresser of choice for the fashion incrowd and all the cool cultural mavens passing through Amsterdam. Check out the gorgeous website by 10-27 art director Mrs. Karen Heuter with copy by yours truly (and find all of us in the mugshot gallery ‘opening’). Photography by none other than JW Kaldenbach.