Saturday, 14 July 2018

MAFAD Graduation Expo 2018

Nathan Klein

MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design) presented their newest graduates; the class of 2018. With an exhibition staged at the academy MAFAD presents the Design and Fine Arts graduates. This year, the design department in particular showcased an energetic exhibition with multiple future promises. The class of 2018 shows creativity with engaging themes withiout losing sense for commercial potential.
Twelve of them already caught attention at FASHIONCLASH Festival under the name Collective 12. Nathan Klein took away the Chapeau Magazine Award and selection for Lichting 2018 with his personal coming-of-age collection 'The First Time He Kissed a Boy'.
"I was inspired by a teenage experience that left me questioning myself. A loss of innocence during adolescence, the moment just before a teenage crush burst its dam and becomes a fully fledged first love, the is a story about coming-of-age." Kalkidan Hoex created a series of jewelry inspired by her Ethiopian heritage, mixing youth cultures and illustration, she presented a strong and cohesive proposal.
Pia Walter merged contemporary and digital lives together with raw nature by working with recycled tents, army equipement and prints. She is the second finalist for the national best of graduate show the Lichting.  Nienke Creemers showed an engaging protest collection inspired by the history of cotton. 'UNPICKING COTTON' is a protest against the fashion industry and it's rich history of abuse. "While making my collection I tried to make everything as fair and ecological as possible. Soon i discovered this wasn't possible. Even though my intentions were good, I couldn't achieve a 100% fair collection. The knowledge about the industry's history and how we view fashion now, made me think: Did our colonial history influence the way the fashion industry is now?" 
Laura van der Spoel presented a collection of textiles inspired by the attemt to inspire people to stand out from the crowd. Her material experiments were translated into garments and presented on models showing the potential to design for both fashion as interiur market. Sam Schobbe showed ready to wear commercial potential with her print collection inspired by the positive characteristics from ADHD. With this personal inspiration her attempt was to make her ADHD tangible.  
Michelle Zwinkels and Bojanna Aleksić, both experimented with boundaries between jewelry, accessories and fashion design around the body. While Anke Bos merged illustration and textile with her project 'Teleurgang van de millennials'.

Bert Snaterse
At the Fine Arts department Morena Bamberger stood out with an installation inspired by dream images. Her work ‘Reinconnection’ earned her the Gilbert de Bontridderprijs 2018 award. A large space was completely transformed into a cave expressing her own dream world and imagination. The work of Bert Snaterse was presented in various rooms.
Inspired by 'the body and the physical', 'the light on a discarded mattress' and the fact' that the color pink has only been a girls' color since the 1950s', the work of Bert seems quirky and banal, but while taking a closer look we discovere sincere layers of

Take a look at the picture report
all images are by brankopopovicblog

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

MAFAD Graduation Show 2018

Nienke Creemers

Under the name Collective 12, twelve graduates from Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design joined forces and presented their collections at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018. Presenting various visions, material experiments and relevant themes their passion came across. Nathan Klein and Pia Walter are selected for the Lichting Show, the best of graduate show in The Netherlands. Nathan Klein was also awarded with Chapeau Magazine Talent Award during the festival.

Graduates: Nathan Klein, Nienke Creemers, Pia Walter, Sam Schobbe, Laura Van der Spoel, Nieke Verkennis, Michelle Zwinkels, Bojanna Aleksic, Helen Hentschke, Jessie Witters, Valéry Fiddelaers, Pauline Hetger

More info: / Instagram @Collective_12

Picture report by brankopopovciblog, Ginger Bloemen

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Nulla - dance film by Jean Claude Billmaier

Nulla is the latest film by New York-based motion picture director Jean Claude Billmaier. The film represents a carefully constructed study of movement, with a crescendo of tension and energy being unleashed to an original score by long-standing collaborator, R&B singer and producer Toulouse.

Nulla | Dance Film from Jean Claude Billmaier on Vimeo.

Developed as a response to our work-driven lifestyles, Nulla visually expresses the daily struggle of the everyday person in winding down and resetting one’s energy levels back to zero. Tension is portrayed as having a life of its own; it slowly makes itself known, settles and then returns as a disruptive force seeking to be released.

“Emotions such as anxiety, stress and anger are often portrayed as negative forces trapped within ourselves. With Nulla I wanted to create a place in which all our tensions are released, with the process itself being something ecstatic and gratifying. It’s the release, and finally being able to breathe, that we should be focusing on.” - Jean Claude Billmaier

This level of tension is achieved through Loni Landon’s dance direction and Evan Copeland’s powerful performance. Working within the confined space of a hotel room, Landon translated the director’s vision into frantic shapes and quick bursts of movement. In particular, she highlighted the performer’s physical confinement by focusing on specific body parts, such as the neck, hands and feet. The film was choreographed with no music and shot with a handheld camera, allowing Copeland to spontaneously experiment with movements, textures and rhythm and work on a fast and constant buildup and release of energy.

“Nulla focuses on a theme that many people can relate to. Expressing it meant showing the feeling of confinement using a small space, which made the creative process even more exciting. Finding possibility within limitation is always interesting.” - Loni Landon

Toulouse’s original score complemented the action, crafting an emotionally eerie and surreal soundscape. This film was an opportunity for the musician to compose to dance for the first time. He elaborated on Billmaier’s theme of tension and release by portraying the initial body movements through a tense sonic design, while gradually building momentum with a constant pulsing rhythmic element. He then interpreted the dancer’s final energy release with a series of percussive, soaring beats.

The addition of the over one hundred VFX shots amplifies the ecstatic, yet strenuous process of energy being discharged. By playing with the idea of invisible shards imprisoning us, Billmaier reflects on how our self-imposed restraints only become visible once we acknowledge them and are able to break away from them.

Director: Jean Claude Billmaier
Original score by Toulouse @musicbytoulouse
Featuring Evan Copeland  @evanmcopeland
Produced at JCB Haus Producer: Joshua Bennet
Choreographer: Loni Landon @lonifaye
Director of Photography: Sam Cutler-Kreutz @samcutlerkreutz
Gaffer: Josh Herzog @josherzog
Editor: Sascha Taylor Larsen @satisfiedsascha
Visual Effects and Color: Justin Levine @j.r.levine
Sound Design: Bobb Barito @baritobobb 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Recap FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018

The Pink Church
Fashion My Religion!

FASHIONCLASH presented with Fashion My Religion! the 10-year anniversary edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival. During the 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018 more than 150 promising designers and stage performers from countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Finland, Uruguay and many more where given the stage at the festival. The festival program was composed within a 3-day program The Route: an inspiring pilgrimage along 26 locations with expositions, theatre- and dance performances and talks.

Several projects where specially initiated for the festival, for example the God Is A Woman!? project for which ten designers where invited to create an outfit that is based on research on a subject that is related to the theme ‘Fashion My Religion, focussing on the research on social intolerances exist and how fashion can play a role in creating more inclusivity.

The festival opened in the Gashouder on Friday June 15.  Not only was there pie but also the campaign cakes from Das Leben am Haverkamp could be admired from up close. The opening guests could choose from four routes: Museum, Church, City and Sally. Each route consisted of a number of elements from the program such as the Koorkappen exhibition in the Bonnefantenmuseum, dance performance LUX by Sally Dance Company in the Brandweer, Babel collection installation by Kasper Jongejan, Showpieces exhibition in the Bijenkorf, Inspired by Religion exhibition in 't Dinghuis, installation of Amber Jae Slooten in Entre Deux and Day Dream Space installation / performance by Tim Scheffer and Audrey Apers in Centre Ceramique.

Opening tour of The Route
The Pink Church
On Friday, a rather controversial and much-discussed pink church was literally blown up at the historic square the Vrijthof, where a themed program was organized with a number of speakers in collaboration with Waardengedreven. The Pink Church got a lot of attention and while the churches in the Netherlands are getting empty, the pink church was packed with fashionable guests.

Fashion Shows
The Fashion Show program with more than 30 designers and 12 MAFAD graduates took place on Saturday evening, a spectacular evening in a setting designed by Studio AKATAK and Scott Robin Jun. There were many highlights such as Carlijn Veuring, Annaïss Yucra Mancilla, Daria D'Ambrosio, Jacqueline Loekito, SorteMaria, Teun Seuren, Matteo Carlomusto and Zahra Hosseini. During the show program the impressive LUX was presented, the dance performance of Sally Dance Company, tenth edition of the CLASH Project and Noumenon performance by Mami Izumi and Jivika Biervliet.
Beckhomorehena by Zahra Hosseini
Show scenography Studio Akatak & Scott Robin Jun

After the shows four Awards were presented. And the winners are:
- FASHIONCLASH Festival Award: Filipe Augusto
- CHAPEAU Magazine Talent Award: Nathan Klein
- Vancouver Fashion Week Award: STEVEN VANDERYT and Rita Sá
Nathan Klein
Fashion Talk
On Sunday there was a program in the LAB Building / Forza Fashion House with three performances and The Fashion Dialogue: a CLASH or VALUES, a talk organized in collaboration with MIND FASHION with special speakers Maaike de Haardt, Dai Rees, José Teunissen, Ben Wubs, Adam Peacock and Mariangela Lavanga.

The tenth edition was one with many clashes with which the FASHIONCLASH platform gave stage to the experiment that goes beyond fashion. The festival presented a series of theme related theater and dance crossovers, including the performance 'HUNTING' by Nora Ramakers and Timo Tembuyser, a co-production with VIA ZUID, ORACLES by Anna Luka da Silva and Erik van de Wijdeven and 'MISSA HOMO SACER Op. 35 Confiteor Deo' by Timo Tembuyser. At the Mosae Forum shopping center, a special project was presented, called Dialoque Between Fashion and Death by Nina Willems, who collaborated with fashion designer Marlou Breuls and director Eva Line de Boer, based on the romantic poem by Giacomo Leopardi. At Lumière Cinema the performance took place 'I Am Sad', a project by Margreet Sweerts that showed the research of the project Festival of Sadness that will take place in the autumn.

LUX - Sally Dansgezelschap Maastricht
One of the festival highlights was LUX, the dance performance of SALLY Dance Company Maastricht. A choreography by Martin Harriague in collaboration with Maastricht fashion designer Mieke Kockelkorn, inspired by the written word in religion. And last but not least, the number of talented students from Academy of the performing Arts Maastricht who presented their performances, including Anthony van Gog, Timo Tembuyser, Anna Luka da Silva and Kimberly Afua Agyarko.
Dialoque Between Fashion and Deathat Mosae Forum

For more information about the festival and participants:

Take a look at some highlights
All pictures: brankopopovicblog

Das Leben am Haverkamp

Thursday, 28 June 2018

We Make M-ODE

Bas Kosters
Under the name 'We Make M-ODE': a brand new event was organized by the M-ODE Foundation from 20 to 24 June in Amsterdam.  The event was part of the We Make The City festival and takes place from 20 to 24 June at various locations in Amsterdam.
The schedule contained talks, masterclasses and collection presentations of designers like Bas Kosters, Ajbilou Rosdorff, Sophie Roumans, Merel van Glabbeek, Judith van Vliet x Amber Ambrose Aurèle, Lhana Marlet and Hacked By_.
We Make M-ode is an event where the sustainable aspect is central which goes in line with the mission of M-ODE to provide necessary support to Dutch fashion designers.

The idea behind M-ODE comes from Peter Leferink: senior lecturer in fashion and design at the AMFI and, among others, former member of Amsterdam Fashion Week advisory board and Iris Ruisch, former artistic director of Amsterdam Fashion Week. Both no stranger to the Dutch fashion scene, with the first edition of We Make Mode, they put a valuable fashion event in The Netherlands.

Take a look at the picture report, all images by brankopopovicblog.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

God is a Woman?!

Mette Sterre
The theme for the 10th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival was  ‘Fashion My Religion!’.
Within this framework, ‘God is a Woman!?' project is initiated. For this project, FASHIONCLASH selected ten designers to create an outfit based on research related to this theme. ‘God is a woman!?’ invited the designers to explore gender roles in religion, examine existing intolerances and question how fashion can play a role to increase inclusiveness in religion: it is a project on social issues and patriarchal systems.

All the designs where exhibited Centre Céramique during the 10th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival.

God is a Woman?! Participants
Photography: Sem Shayne & Anton Fayle
Hair: Sigrid Eiting at KEVIN.MURPHY
Make-Up: Rachel Ritzen / Ellis Faas

CLASH Project 2018

Simone Schuffelen
CLASH Project
Fashion By Non-Fashion Designers

Since the beginning of FASHIONCLASH Festival in 2009, CLASH Project invites ten artists and designers (all non-fashion designers) per year to translate their work into wearable catwalk pieces. Participants from different art and design disciplines are challenged to transfer their practice, both materially and conceptually to a different medium. CLASH is the perfect opportunity to step out of your artistic comfort zone – to play and to experiment with other forms of art. The participants are professionals who represent various artistic disciplines, such as fine arts, product design, jewelry, performance and photography. All disciplines except fashion are possible. The CLASH project has become an iconic project, forming one of the highlights of the FASHIONCLASH Festival, and its outcome is always refreshing, captivating and trendsetting. 

More info:

Monday, 11 June 2018

Artez Graduation Show 2018

Emma Wessel
Artez Graduation Show 2018 took place at Musis in Arnhem. The space, with its very and hard to beat own ambiemance, was successfully transformed by Maison the Faux's fresh art direction set design, giving the whole show more edge.

The show combined both BA and Master graduation. In addition, Collectie Arnhem 2018, the third year collaborative project was presented. The overall smooth show opened with first year outfits, followed by promising second year project Luxury Galore.

The four master students appeared in between sixteen BA collections. Emma Wessel's quirky show, an eyewear collection presented on giant head prints wearing the glasses, stood out.
The MA collections from Manon Gondek and Gala Borović contained beautiful textiles and material combinations.
The BA collections varied in consistency, nevertheless the strong signature of Artez was apparent throughout the line up, showing their playful material manipulation and textile craftmanship. Among the favourites where collections by Mehdi Mashayekhi, Maria van Steenoven, Dennis Schreuder, Alicia Minnaard, Anna Bernal and Douwe de Boer.

Take a look at the highlights and my picture report.

Sunday, 10 June 2018


EMBRACING EXCHANGE showcased the best current design from Cologne, Maastricht and Eindhoven.

The ten-day exhibition showed state-of-the-art design from these three areas and took place in the ‘Eiffelgebouw’. During the exhibition period, various events where programmed by creatives from the local creative industry.
The exhibition consisted of six different 'collections' compiled by curators Maurer United Architects, Sabine Voggenreiter, Leonne Cuppen and Chequita Nahar.

'Material Designers' showed Eindhoven and South Limburg designers with the focus on materials. 'Generation Köln' showed a new generation of Cologne designers. 'Space Invaders' shows the work of Limburg (interior-) architects. 'Southern Treasures' shows the best alumni of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. 'Jwls Jwls' showed contemporary jewelry. 'Images Imagined' showed graphic works.

The exhibition features jong and established designers such as Paul Koenen, Marit van Heumen, Anne Buescher, Boy Bastiaens, Ted Noten, Moniek Vierling, Maurice Mentjens, Anna Davies, Iris Claessens, Kasper Hamacher, Woodjai Lee, Anasatasia Eggers and many more.

More info

Take a look at my photo report from some impressions

State of Fashion 2018 | Searching for the new luxury

Iris van Herpen
From Friday 1 June until Sunday 22 July,  State of Fashion displays the search for the new luxury.

Curated by José Teunissen, the Dean of London College of Fashion/UAL, and Professor of Fashion Theory, State of Fashion explores how we can apply fashion’s imaginative, seductive and innovative power to create a more futureproof fashion cycle.

The exhibition shows pioneering designers and thinkers who are proposing innovative and sustainable ideas and designs that are contributing to a better world.
The main question is how can we redifine the meaning of luxury in the context of the world of today, facing sociatel and environmental changes.

The exhibition features several components offering diverse approaches to the subject. The journey starts with innovative future proposals with projects from Yuima Nakazato, Rafael Kouto and Iris van Herpen. Further in the exhibition one can discover new business models such as Matti Liimatainen (Self-Assembly) and work by pioneers like Bruno Pieters (Honest By). The exhibition also shows how cross-disciplinary collaboration and research between science and fashion education can lead to new opportunities through material experiments. One of the strongest features is the contribution by Vivienne Westwood who in her later career still stands in the frontier to fight for a better world.
Each Friday, during the exhibition period, The Whataboutery debates are organized providing a platform for dialogue about various topics related to the theme of State of Fashion. 
For more information:

State of Fashion
The four-yearly fashion event State of Fashion focuses on a sustainable future. As an international and interdisciplinary platform for ideas, experiment, research and collaboration, State of Fashion unites designers, companies and fashion education with the shared ambition to make their industry more future-oriented, more fair, more environmentally friendly and more humane.

Take a look at my picture report

Yuima Nakazato

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Encounter with Rita Sá

Meet, Rita Sá, young Portuguese designer, who has won participation at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018 at the previous edition of Sangue Novo at ModaLisboa - Lisboa Fashion Week.

She will present her collection “Glass of Ceiling” in Maastricht on Saturday June 16.
Get your ticket here

interview by Liliana Pedro

What’s fashion for you?
It’s the perfect tool to transmit emotions, thoughts and feelings. With no shadow of a doubt, that fashion was the best way that I found to show what I think and what I feel. Since the very beginning of the creative process till the last touch before the models walk down the runway, I put myself in everything that I do. Each process phase turns into a discover very personal.

What made you fell in love with fashion at the first place?
It was always fashion. I can’t remember of anything else. My family has a great skills for arts and it was always influenced my interests. With time, the ideas will mature and we will be more sure of what moves us.

Fashion is growing up a lot and it’s becoming more global. In your opinion, which challenges faces a fashion designer nowadays? In what concerns to the difficulties that a young designer finds nowadays, most of them don’t depend on our work, but on external factors. In my opinion, the industry still doesn’t look to the young designers as professionals. From my experience, when I have to develop a collection I don’t aim to develop serial pieces and that's what the industry is worried about, to reaching the numbers. I see the industry still very inflexible to work with designers in their very careers.

Imagine that you had to spend a day with a fashion designer. Which one you would rather spend some quality time? Simon Jacquemus.

Do you prefer the 80’s or the 90’s? 90’s.

What’s the best and the worst fashion trend ever? I think all trends one day become "the worst trends"! Because that's what they are after all: trends !! You may like it for a season, but 4 seasons later you look back and think “hmmmm".

Are you a stiletto girl or a sneaker girl? Sneaker girl.

Name an artist/band you never get tired of listening to. Alt J.

What’s your favorite tv show? I don’t watch tv!

Your latest collection has the name “Glass of Ceiling”. Where this idea came from?
“If you have a glass ceiling, don´t throw rocks in the air” is definitely the motto for the collection “Telhados de Vidro” which describes the game played by those who desperately try to be something they are not; masked hypocrites who feel the need of ostentation in a “make-believe” world. Attacking others for problems that they themselves have, each individual from the collection choose to believe that it is preferable to be a false somebody than a true nobody. Forming a gradational process from the first to the last look, the collection presents its first individual who seems to be impervious to anything surrounding him and not afraid of showing his vulnerabilities or weaknesses. The second individual is clearly uncomfortable with this idea and tries his best to show his superiority, even at the cost of being someone he’s not. From here on, every individual tries to impose his superiority upon his predecessor, trying hard to hide all their weaknesses in an illusion game where nothing is what it seems, manipulating the truth and revealing only what is pleasant to the eye. However, what is shown has no real utility and therefor is essentially futile. As we continue, there seems to be a lot of difficulty in controlling the flamboyance created within these individuals and as a result, instead of seeing the silhouettes growing, giving the individual height, they seem to have dropped suddenly. New volumes are now secured by little details which still prevail and the vulnerabilities which were hidden until now are completely exposed. The blue color used reminds us of plastic bags, creating the idea of something that is expendable.

How much time did you spend in putting this collection alive?
From the search for the concept until the creative development was completed I took about three months, and for the preparation about 2 months.

How did you feel when you knew that you will be attending at FASHIONCLASH Festival?
I confess that after so many months of work and a day as fast as that, it is difficult to have a notion of what is happening when we are given a prize like FASHIONCLASH. It is only in the "aftermath" of the parade that we are becoming aware of the importance of what has happened to us. But it is undoubtedly very gratifying and I think the biggest victory is, without a doubt, a few days after the parade we calmly take a look at our work and feel proud of what we have done.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now on? I hope that I can achieve all of my goals and still be lucky to continue in the place where I’m happy, close to the ones that make me happy.  

Instagram: @ritasa.brand

Monday, 7 May 2018

Program - Fashion My Religion - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018

What to expect! FASHIONCLASH Festival - Fashion My Religion! jubilee edition

FASHIONCLASH presents Fashion My Religion! The 10-year anniversary edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival. During the 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018 more than 150 promising designers and stage performers from countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Finland, Uruguay and many more will take part in the festival. The festival program is composed within a 3-day program The Route: an inspiring pilgrimage along expositions, lectures, theatre- and dance performances and talks. The Fashion Show program takes place on Saturday evening, a spectacular evening where talents of the future will take the stage at the SAM-Decorfrabriek.

In short, a unique opportunity to get inspired by and discover the world of fashion, the newest fashion talents and to enjoy Maastricht as a fashion city.

For more information about the program and designers:
Tickets: FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible for everyone and anyone and is mostly free of entrance, with the exception of the fashion shows on Saturday. Tickets for the fashion show are for sale from €12,50 (pre-sale online) and €15, -/ students €7,50 at the door. Tickets are available from May 1st 2018 via - and during the festival at the SAM-Decorfabriek.

Dorota Sak
Theme: Fashion My Religion!
The overarching theme Fashion My Religion! boldly dives into one of the most current themes of the moment; religion. Specifically, the relation between religion and gender, hair style and clothing. FASHIONCLASH dares participants and visitors to research, highlight or break existing religious traditions and taboos by way of using fashion. A call to activism that hopefully inspires a new generation of fashion- makers and lovers to fulfil their role as meaningful as they can.

‘’The meeting between fashion and religion isn’t a new one. Religious idioms and luxury have been used for decades by many within fashion. Sometimes just for ethical motives, other times with a dose of criticism. With ‘Fashion My Religion’ we are placing the audience and the designer in an interesting area of tension; fashion versus religion or cutting-edge versus tradition. We take a closer look at cultural expressions of personal, modern meaning and more traditional ones. We place historical absolutes opposite from modern-day fluid truths by really going in on social matters such as, feminism and human rights. Through (fashion)design we dissect the ever-changing awareness around the relationship we have with our environment and come up with new stories and approaches to ‘fashion and religion’.’’ -FC Team

10th edition Serbia Fashion Week

Peer Cox
The 10th anniversary of Serbia Fashion Week was held from April 24 - 29. The grand opening of took place in Dunavski Park, the alternative fashion of young designers curated by Srđan Šveljo was held at Kineska Četvrt former industrial complex, in SKC Fabrika. The fashion shows, as always, where staged at the Congress Center Master of Novi Sad Fair. The the closing ceremony will be held at the Serbian National Theatre. On this evening more than 20 organisations and notable people where honored, showing them support they gave to Serbia Fashion Week over the last five years.
I was there receive one of the jubilee awards on behalf of FASHIONCLASH.
Almost since the beginning FASHIONCLASH and Serbia Fashion Week exchanged talents. Several FASHIONCLASH designers where given the stage, while sveral Serbian designers where presented at FASHIONLCLASH Festival such as NEO Design and Moda Mišić.

On the runway this edition several Serbian and international designers where given the stage. Among them the familiar names such as Bosko Jakovljevic, Bata Spasojević, Marija Šabić,  Zvonko Marković and Ana Vasiljevic. Among the international designers where Bosnian designer Milan Senić, Dutch designer Addy van den Krommenacker and FASHIONCLASH designer Peer Cox.

with designer Peer Cox

Dutch fashion designer Peer Cox showed his collectin at the 10th edition of Serbia Fashion Week.
With his upcycled collection Peer shows that innovation and sustainability can go hand in hand.
Peer Cox took part at Fashion Makes Sense edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival in 2017.

The 10th edition was closed at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad with a tribute show.
The closing ceremony of Serbia Fashion Week was directed by member of the French Haute Couture institute and Vice-President of Serbia Fashion Week, Eymeric François. François worked with Mugler from 1997 to 1999. The choreography was inspired by the golden age of haute couture in Paris – the 80s and 90s, when supermodels were superstars. The models’ hair will be styled by Frederic Pavard of Alexandre de Paris, a legendary hair stylist who has worked with renowned fashion houses such as Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler for over 40 years.

Fashion Displacement - Berlin edition

Fashion Displacement 
Professionals to rework the industry in partnership with VOGUE Germany

On April 26th 2018 the Florentine Fashion School Polimoda invited a selection of influential teachers and decision makers of the Fashion industry to the Aufbauhaus Atelier in Kreuzberg for this year’s edition of Fashion Displacement, organized in partnership with VOGUE Germany. Berlin was the third city after New York (2016) and Florence (2017) in which the panel discussion was held. Topic of this year’s event was the question of ways to build bridges between professional training and the fashion industry.
The topic was discussed by:
- Christiane Arp (President of the Fashion Council Germany and Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE Germany)
- Laudomida Pucci (Deputy Chairperson and Image Manager at Emilio Pucci)
- Christopher Lacy (Director of Customer Experience and Strategy at Barneys New York)
- Johann König (Art Dealer and Gallery Owner,König Galerie)
- Branko Popovic (Co-founder & Co-Director of FASHIONCLASH foundation)
- Sam Cotton (Fashion Designer and Co-founder of Agi&Sam)
- Danilo Venturi (Director of Polimoda)

The panel discussion was chaired by Linda Loppa, one of the most significant women in Fashion. Loppa had been the director of the Polimoda for nine years, before she moved to Paris in 2015 to commence with her current role of establishing connections and insight from the continuously growing industry for the institute.
Loppa’s introduction of the guests was not quite done yet when the participants of the panel already started their debate. They all agreed immediately: the gap between the education in the industry and the actual working situation is currently too wide. Therefor not many designers are prepared to start a business after their studies.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Jan Taminiau: Reflections - Centraal Museum

Jan Taminiau Reflections
From 21 April 2018, Centraal Museum in Utrecht presents a major exhibition on the work of Jan Taminiau.
Displaying dozens of his top works, the exhibition demonstrates the wealth and depth of Taminiau’s work. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery into the world of research, memories, inspiration, experimentation and craftsmanship of one of the country’s most prominent fashion designers.
Jan Taminiau (1975, Goirle) is known for his use of traditional handicraft and production techniques, the application of unique and original materials, and for his outspoken sense of aesthetics. In 2014 he was awarded the most important fashion prize in the Netherlands, the Grand Seigneur. After establishing his label JANTAMINIAU in 2004, his way of combining the classic and the feminine with the conceptual and expe
rimental quickly made him very popular with clients all over the world. From inspiration to creation
With this monumental exhibition that focuses not only on the fashion pieces but also on Taminiau’s design and conceptual processes, Centraal Museum aims to introduce visitors to – or to refresh their perspective on - the work of this master of couture. By relating his sources of inspiration in fashion, photography, design and art to his work methods and the results, the exhibition reveals the process leading up to a couture piece. What are these sources of inspiration, and how are they reflected in his creations?

As the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands, Centraal Museum Utrecht owns a major museum fashion collection that includes work by Jan Taminiau. The museum has a strong reputation for its regular sensational fashion exhibitions. In addition to new work by Jan Taminiau and previously acquired pieces, this exhibition also displays some spectacular loan pieces from other museums, some top items from the JANTAMINIAU studio, and some unique pieces from private collections.
With the prominent stylist Maarten Spruyt engaged for the design of the exhibition, it promises to be an exciting museum experience in which visitors are immersed in the world of Jan Taminiau. Jan Taminiau: Reflections will run from 21 April to 26 August 2018 at Centraal Museum in Utrecht.


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