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Modebelofte 2015 ‘Performing Advancers’

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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

owning the stadion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

RIETVELD ACADEMIE 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)