Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Winners of the 7th International BIAAF Contest

Katiuscia Gregoire
Katiuscia Gregoire, Kim Yeong-hyeon and Christian Padilla, are named new winners of the 7th International BIAAF Contest for emerging fashion talent.

Outstanding creativity and the future of fashion came together in Bilbao at the 7th Bilbao International Art & Fashion Contest (BIAAF), which awarded its prizes on November 12th in the Edificio Ensanche. This year, the contest has overcome a series of difficulties, and has maintained its firm commitment to young talent and to continuing to generate opportunities, something "now more necessary than ever and decisive in order to offer them a more promising scenario than the current one", as highlighted by the organisation.

More than 1,250 promising young talents, coming from 90 different countries, have taken part in this edition, which announced its awards live with a streaming broadcasted on November 12th, from the Edificio Ensanche in Bilbao.

An exhibition at the Edificio Ensanche, from 12th to 16th November, brought together the works of the 30 finalists. The winners of each category, chosen by an international jury with representatives from the LVMH Fashion Group, Vogue Talents and Balenciaga Museum have competed for the awards.

The 30 finalists have been chosen from among 1,262 proposals, coming from young talents from 90 countries on all 5 continents. Katiuscia Gregoire (Parsons, U.S.A.) was awarded for the 'Best Outfit Design' with her collection “Hood Dandy”. Kim Yeonghyeon (Kookmin University, South Korea) was awarded for the ‘Best Accessory Design' with her collection “Hideey _Dynamics”, both worth 10,000 Euros. In addition, a special prize recognised the work of the 'Best Emerging Basque Designer', Christian Padilla, worth 5,000 Euros with his collection “Huasi”.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show 2020

Coline Declef
For Your Personal Safety And Security

In 2020 almost all major design events were affected by Covid-19, which also applies to Dutch Design Week. One of my personal favorite parts is the annual graduation show of Design Academy Eindhoven. 

Projects from all of this year’s graduates can be discovered on the website of Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), where each student has their own page featuring pictures, written descriptions, podcasts, and the work of all BA and MA students can be browsed alphabetically or by department.

Awarded projects can be found here.

Monday, 26 October 2020

State of Fashion: This is an Intervention

State of Fashion, a platform originated to re-think the fashion system, has announced their activities program containing four interventions: Introspection, Origins, Transition and Release. 

At State of Fashion the current game-changing events in the world, Covid-19 and worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, made them reflect their message. So far, they addressed the ecological footprint of fashion production, the promises of new materials, and fairness related to labour and working conditions, to explore how to redefine the ethics and values of fashion. This framework was the focus of their previous curator José Teunissen, and the 2018 exhibition ‘Searching for the New Luxury’. The events of 2020 almost automatically led to the new, broader focus of de-colonialism, that until now has been largely overlooked.

This is An Intervention

In the coming months, they will host four interventions featuring controversial readings, online talks, interactive workshops, and inspiring videos, films and visuals about the fashion system, its flaws and its future. First, they take a critical look at the fashion system and our role in it during an intervention dubbed Introspection. In the second intervention themed Origins in November, we trace the roots of the system and highlight work of those unseen. In the new year, we search for ways to rebuild the system in the third intervention themed Transition. Finally, in parallel with the announcement of a new curator team for State of Fashion 2022, we look for ways forward, in the intervention themed Release.

Regenerative System
"Our current fashion system may be globalized, but right now there is just an ‘us’ and an 'other’. For decades, the system has been shaped by Western ideas of what fashion is, should be and should do. It encourages constant growth and renewal, failing to take into account what it is slowly erasing as a result. It excludes other values and cultures, even though they play a pivotal role in shaping a system that is restorative for both nature and culture. As long as this doesn’t change, it seems impossible to create change that has a significant positive impact on all of us."

Join the conversation
For each intervention, they invite thinkers and makers from different parts of the world to take over our platform. For the first intervention in October, they collaborate amongst others anthropologist Sandra Niessen (Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion) and curator and writer Stephanie Afrifa for an introspection. This intervention dives into the question of what happens to designers, labels, producers, educators and others in fashion, when we revise the colonial values fashion is still largely based on?

Join the first conversation, on 28 October, in Whataboutery #1, the covid-proof online safe space for dangerous ideas.

Longread 'Regenerative Fashion: There can be no Other'
Strategies to revise fashion are based primarily on two issues: material and labour. As laudable and important as these efforts are, they are not sufficient to solve the crisis we are in.
Read 'Regenerative Fashion: There can be no Other'

Whataboutery #1

October 28th This ‘Whataboutery’ offers you the chance to listen to voices that are being systematically silenced and erased by the fashion industry and gives you the opportunity to enrich your perspective...
Find out more about Whataboutery #1

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Streetwear by Outsider and Insider Artists

Outsider artists tend to be a little bit different. They often sidestep a conventional arts education, and operate outside of the mainstream art world. Sometimes they face mental or physical disabilities, homelessness and vulnerability. 

Outsiderwear is a new collaborative project combining talented outsider artists with a range of fashion designers and creatives, both emerging and established.

For the first edition of Outsiderwear, some 40 out- and insider artists join forces: sometimes in pairs, as well as in other, larger compositions. In the coming months, these teams will undertake a diverse range of creative projects: from performances and exhibitions to a series of band shirts and an underwear line. The result of these experimental collaborations will be shown and sold during the multidisciplinary Outsiderwear Festival, running from 12 March to 25 April 2021 in Amsterdam.

Outsiderwear is an initiative of artist Jan Hoek and Foundation Captain Hoek, in collaboration with Foundation M-ODE and Outsider Art Galerie.

Outsiderwear Festival

Lasting six weeks, the first Outsiderwear Festival seeks to celebrate creativity in all its forms, combining the worlds of outsider and insider artists in stimulating ways. Multiple locations in Amsterdam will host surprising exhibitions, shop-in-shops, an activist photo campaign, and a number of tours and talks.
Confirmed festival locations include Outsider Art Galerie, Hermitage Amsterdam, Patta Store, Galerie Vriend van Bavink and Zeedijk60.

The participants come from a range of varied backgrounds, from niche artists and big streetwear labels to independent designers and visual artists. During the Outsiderwear Festival, the following collaborations will be presented:

Theatergroep LeBelle X Duran Lantink 

Daniël Jos Eerenberg X Wobbewear

Ben Augustus X Piet Parra

Bruin Parry X Jan Hoek 

Antoine Monod de Froideville X Bonne Suits

Nielsjan Tavernier X Tom van de Borght

Rudy de Gruyl X Benedikt Fischer 

Stichting ArtBRUUT / Makom inloophuis X Tenant of Culture

Joey Bocciardo X Fenna Miedema X Lionel Plak X Nancy X MULAS HYBRID HAUS X SUMIBU X Tirino Yspol

Aadesokan X Maxivive (Lagos)

Ayse Somunchu X Bas Kosters

Regillio Benjamin X Desmond Tjon A Koy X Patta 

Mark Bossink X Sophie Hardeman

Sijtse Keur X Norbert de Jong X Alexxx X Hans Klastat X Minke de Fonkert X Bonne Suits 

Outsiderwear Bandshirts van o.a. Cengiz Imamdi 

Outsiderwear X Tattoo-project

Speech performance by Ulrike Möntmann

Various solo presentations, including Johan Vanderscheldenen and Naomi Schupper

Despite increasing attention for outsider art – now with its own museums, biennials and galleries – this world rarely experiences close contact with the creative industry at large. Outsiderwear wants to break this dichotomy, because many outsiders deserve wider recognition, whilst many insider makers feel a deep affinity with unconventional outsider practices.

Jan Hoek: "The first collaborations of Outsiderwear are beginning to take shape. It’s so special to see how logically the collaboration between outsiders and insiders works. I look forward to a future in which the boundaries between these two worlds fade away.”

Outsiderwear is supported by Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, VSB Fonds, Rabobank Amsterdam, StimuleringsfondsCreatieve Industrie, Stichting DOEN, Prins Bernhard Cultuurf onds and Stichting Cordaan and works together with Outsider Art Galerie, Herenplaats, De Volksbond (GJ Scheurleerweg), Stichting ArtBRUUT / Makom inloophuis, De Witte Olifant, Bijzonder Amsterdams, TheatergroepLeBelle and De Meijboom. 






12 March – 25 April
Presentation out- and insider collaborations. Collection sales begin. Webshop launch. Opening party. Exhibitions, tours and talks. Locations: Outsider Art Galerie, Hermitage Amsterdam, Super SEXYLAND World, Vriend van Bavink, Patta Store, Galerie Fleur & Wouter, ABCND Store and Zeedijk60.

March – August 2021 Expansion of collection. Exhibitions.
Shop-in-shops. Biennial presentation.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

ArtEZ Fashion Design BA’s Class of 2020

Last week the Graduation Film of ArtEZ Fashion Design BA, Class 2020, in collaboration with Peter Stigter, premiered at Focus Filmtheater in Arnhem.

ArtEZ Fashion Design BA Class 2020 Silvy ten Broeke, Frederieke Broekgaarden, Charlotte Buchal, Elodie Cazier, Nemo Cheminée, Iris Ebel, Danny Feng, Floor van Helmond, Lisa Koops, Max Lanting, Eungyeong Lee, Aliet Moes, Benji Nijenhuis, Iris van Rens, Iris Röell, Remi Strikkers, Gijs Woletz and Gönül Yigit, united together and found a different way to show their collections. 

GRADUATION FILM ARTEZ FASHION DESIGN ARNHEM 2020 from ArtEZ Fashion Design Arnhem on Vimeo.

Winners of 35th Hyères Festival

The 35th edition of the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion accessories, Hyères, took place from 15 to 19 October 2020 at the Villa Noailles.

Tom Van Der Borght won the Grand Prix and Public Prize at Hyères Festival

Belgian designer Tom Van Der Borght, the winner of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2019 Award, won the Première Vision Grand Prize at the 35th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. The prize was announced by a jury headed by designer Jonathan Anderson, founder of JW Anderson and creative director of Loewe.

“What we really, really admired in the work of Tom van der Borght is that it was a totally new type of form, new type of shape, new type of commitment to a silhouette, and it was uncompromising,”
designer Jonathan Anderson, head of the jury, said during a remote award ceremony.
“And in this moment we are in, we as a jury believe that it was about starting this new decade with newness, this idea of originality.” Anderson continued: “It was not about looking at something for its automatic commercial sense. It was about the beauty within fashion, the handmade, the technique, and the risk in it. And I think Tom has really achieved something in what he has done and I think he will go on to do very well.”

Tom Van Der Borght started his fashion education at the age of 30 and founded his label in 2013 after graduating from the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Sint-Niklaas. Recently he finished the Master of Theatre study at Toneelacademie Maastricht.

As part of the Chloé Prize, the finalists created in addition to the 7 silhouettes in their collection, a silhouette that is true to the Chloé legacy; the know-how of Luxury ready-to-wear combined with a feminine look, naturally elegant and spontaneous addressing today's women. Marvin M'Toumo was named Chloé Prize winner. Emma Bruschi won the Prix 19M Des metiers D'Arts De Chanel.

The Fashion Accessories jury, chaired by Hubert Barrère named Ddiddue & Juana Etcheberry winner of the Grand Prix du Jury. They also took home the Hermès Fashion Accessories Award. Special mention is for Antonin Mongin, Florian Dach & Dimitri Zephir.

The photography jury, chaired this year by Paolo Roversi, named Guanyu Xu as winner of the Grand Prix du Jury. American Vintage Photography prize went András Ladocsi and the public award is given to Dutin Thierry.

Since 1986, the festival has promoted and supported young international fashion design, since 1997 a competition has also existed for emerging photographer and this year, for the fourth time, a competition will also recognise young fashion accessory designers. The festival is acknowledged as the oldest fashion competition aimed at young professionals.

Monday, 19 October 2020

From what will we reassemble ourselves

From what will we reassemble ourselves
6 Sep – 3 Jan 2021
Framer Framed: Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, Amsterdam

From what will we reassemble ourselves brings together six contemporary artists, a team of researchers, and an architect to consider a crucial question posed by Croatian-Bosnian author Jozefina Dautbegović: from what fragments – images, stories, archives, historical scraps – does one represent a life in the wake of genocide?

The exhibition positions the genocide that took place in and around Srebrenica, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 25 years ago as a historical moment connecting all the artworks presented. Each perspective represented in the exhibition offers pieces toward the reassembly – towards reimagining – of the memory of violence and loss, acknowledging that lives continued to be lived in spite of that violence.

From what will we reassemble ourselves invites the viewer to both identify with and scrutinise the position of the bystander to genocidal violence – the one who is often neglected by the historical frame, or who remains unmarked, yet whose witnessing continues to be mediated through representation.

Installation design Arna Mackic. Foto: Eva Broekema / Framer Framed

With works by Lana Čmajčanin, Anna Dasović, Ana Hoffner ex-Prvulovic, Arna Mačkić, Marko Peljhan, Selma Selman, Hito Steyerl, Facing Srebrenica Project.

A group exhibition conceived by Anna Dasović and curated by Natasha Marie Llorens.
Exhibition design by Studio L A and Arna Mačkić.
The title of the exhibition is derived from Jozefina Dautbegović’s poem The Unidentified (2003).

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Klaas Rommelaere - Dark Uncles

Klaas Rommelaere: Dark Uncles 

October 4, 2020–January 31, 2021, Texture Museum, Kortrijk, Belgium

 "A man without a history or a people that forgot its past will have no choice but to disappear …“

Young Belgian artist Klaas Rommelaere (*1986, Roeselare, Belgium) wrote this quote by award-winning Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki on top of his newest project "Dark Uncles". Made completely in elaborated handicraft with needle, thread, wool and yarn, seven larger-then-life puppets plus two dogs, as well as 18 new wall pieces tell about the artist's autobiographical stories. 

In order to counter disappearance and to trace his own past, Klaas Rommelaere is building large-than-life doubles – "Dark Uncles" – of his own history. Bizarre effigies of seven of his closest family members – parents, sister, partner, grandparents and the two family dogs – move procession-like through the exhibition space and tell about experiences and memories of the artist's life. The anatomical sketch of a cranium on his mother's chest is evidence of her profession as a speech therapist; muscial instruments and cheering people point to the sister's job as a booker; and that the father once had a trade company for camping supply and additional worked as a truck driver can be read from numerous details on his arms and torso.
These personal stories of each single figure are complemented by testimonies such as pictures and memories from the family's history. Having welded sculptures from metail residues after his work at the melting furnace of a metal factory, especially the grandfather played a most important role for Rommelaere's artistic development – numerous references in several wall pieces as well as an own sculpture tell of this formative relation.
At first glance, these wild collages and scenic patchwork images appear like embroidered and knotted notes in yarn and wool. However, nothing about it is coincidental. Rommelaere assembles these perfectly imperfect scenes like a complex storyboards of a two-dimensional movie. In combining both coincidental and documentary topics and thus preserving autobiographical experiences through his artistic work, Rommelaere is building a parallel existence in fragments of his own history and thus demonstrates his own existence.
Klaas Rommelaere originally graduated from them Royal Academy of Fine Art in Ghent as a fashion student. After internships with Henrik Vibskov and Raf Simons, however, he quickly realized that the fashion world is not where his ideas can come to life. Inspired by movies, comics, books or personal experiences, Rommelaere thus began to translate his drawings with the language that was familiar to him – needle, thread, wool and yarn.
At the beginning he embroidered his stories on the canvas completely by himself, which took days and weeks; at one point he started to work together with a group of elderly ladies in his home town, who now help him happily ever since. Absurdly bizarre scenes of handcraft-pop thus result from cross-stitch, crochet or knitwear. His imagery is firmly rooted in both the everyday and the subculture of urban life in Antwerp; quotes of movies or animes are mixed with interpersonal observations. Larger-than-life figures and entire sculptures are embroidered and crocheted.
If Klaas Rommelaere is not working, you will most likely find him in the local art-house-cinema around the corner of his studio in Antwerp – he owns a season ticket there. In his multi-layered, sometimes bizarre-looking picture stories of his textile paintings, fragments of movies or situations of his own everyday life blur into powerful yet delicate snapshots. 

More about the exhibition:

Photography: Courtesy Erich Spahn / Galerie Zink Waldkirchen"

About The Undiscovered Future

About The Undiscovered Future publication by Content Story is premiering during Dutch Design Week 2020

To retain the thoughts that were extremely loud when coronavirus began to spread, we asked the creative community to answer two questions: -What are you grateful for? (It can be a small, personal thing that you have learned during this time) -What is your dream? (for the world after the pandemic) 

The outline of the Project was created at a time when coronavirus began to spread aggressively across Europe, North America (and the US), South America, Africa and other continents, with a declaration of a global pandemic following soon after that. The mission was to retain the values that were extremely clear during those days. 

'The responses we received were published one by one in the social media, with the assumption that they would be recalled in a year's time. However, having analysed the collected material, we realized that it formed a coherent message, a creative diary of that period. We have decided to publish it in a graphic interpretation created together with Michał Siciński.
We strongly believe that the work will become a compass of values around which we can build a new and better future."

Among the 25 personalities who shared their thoughts and dreams were: Alice Rawsthorn, BCXSY, Branko Popovic, Dominic Wilcox, Fernanda Torre, Formafantasma, James Auger, Jan Boelen, Karolina Hałatek, Kathryn Best, Koert van Mensvoort, Marije Vogelzang, Matylda Krzykowski, Ross Lovegrove.

Take a look at the publication: here

About Content Story

Established in 2017, the foundation has the purpose of implementing projects on the peripheries of design, art, technology and experience. At Content Story, we believe that there is power in creativity, conscious design and quality information, a power that enables people to create social change. To date, the Foundation organized 3 major projects: "BODY" exhibition during European Capital of Culture, "OVERLOAD" at Gdynia Design Days, and the conference "Undiscovered – Stories about Experience”.

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Aida Šehović - ŠTO TE NEMA

2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the ŠTO TE NEMA project and the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide. In 2020, for the first time, ŠTO TE NEMA was presented in Potočari/Srebrenica, the site of the mass atrocities, where it will remain permanently in its final iteration. 

ŠTO TE NEMA is a participatory public monument to the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. Since 2006, this annual nomadic monument has been presented through an ongoing partnership between the artist Aida Šehović and Bosnian diaspora communities in various public squares around the world aiming to create sites of remembrance together. 

More information about the project:

Aida Šehović was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and along with hundreds of thousands of others was forced to flee her country due to the threat of systematic violence and persecution in 1992. She lived as a refugee in Turkey and Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1997. Aida earned her BA from the University of Vermont in 2002 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2010. She received the ArtsLink Award in 2006, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2007, the Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park in 2013, and the Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push in 2017. Her work has been exhibited extensively including at Flux Factory, Socrates Sculpture Park, 601 Artspace, and the Queens Museum. She was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Grand Central Art Center. Aida is currently part of an inaugural artist cohort at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island in New York City, where she is based. 

 In addition to bringing the ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument to 14 different European and US cities to date, the archive of the project was presented as part of the ŠTO TE NEMA [Spatium Memoriae] installation at Artivism: Atrocity Prevention Pavilion organized by The Auschwitz Institute for Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities coinciding with the 58th Venice Biennale. The same exhibition will travel to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in 2021. An extension of the work in form of a photo installation titled ŠTO TE NEMA [Family Album] was exhibited partially at 601 Artspace in New York in 2018 organized by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. Aida is currently working on an exhibition in Belgrade that will premiere this new body of work for the first time in its entirety in 2020.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

GRANDmothers - a project by Anna Radchenko

GRANDmothers - a project by Anna Radchenko

GRANDmothers continues Anna Radchenko’s body of work encouraging us to ask: “What if?” The project plays with the idea that we will eventually be able to have children later in life, to the extent where even as grandparents we will have the choice to become pregnant. Composed of a set of photographs and a short film, GRANDmothers stands as a humorous visual commentary on society’s pressure to become a mother by a certain age in order to still be considered valuable.

Featuring a cast of older models, GRANDmothers isn’t the first project in which Radchenko has addressed the issue of ageism in contemporary culture. Drawing inspiration from her own mother, Radchenko began exploring the topic with her 2017 fashion film Silver Goddesses in which she celebrated the beauty and spirit of getting older. GRANDmothers represents a continuation of this discourse by presenting creative, active, pregnant women who simply happen to be older.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Shoes Have Names

Jo Cope

Jo Cope and Shelter come together at Boutique by Shelter in a truly unique collaboration at Coal Drops Yard, for London Craft Week 2020.

Stories of homelessness have never been told like this before. Shelter has joined forces with conceptual fashion designer Jo Cope for the Shoes Have Names art exhibition. As part of London Craft Week, this free exhibition is being held at our wonderful flagship Shelter Boutique shop in Coal Drops Yard, between 30 September and 7 October 2020.

During the week, this exhibition and retail space celebrates the positive change Shelter has helped make to people struggling with bad housing through their advice and support services. Shoe designers from the UK/ Europe worked with individuals who faced homelessness to understand their story and their future hopes after working with Shelter. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the thousands of people tackling evictions, poor housing conditions, landlord issues and homelessness. But Shelter gives hope. With the right support and by working together, people can fight bad housing and make a positive change.

The show features a collection of handmade artworks inspired by the personal experiences of real people facing homelessness. Ten international artists, shoemakers and designers were paired up with a person that Shelter has helped through its frontline services. From shoes made out of an old sofa, to the use of the latest CAD software and 3D printing, you can explore the journey of the art and the show on the Shoes Have Names blog.

Boutique by Shelter x Jo Cope
Jo Cope is a conceptual fashion designer working at the intersection of fine art, fashion and craft. She has curated the pieces for the exhibition alongside the Boutique by Shelter team. Since 2006 Jo has worked on a diverse range of commissions and exhibits which push the formal boundaries of fashion questioning its evolving role within art and society.
Shoes Have Names is a unique collaboration between Shelter Boutique, Jo Cope and ten designers/artists: Kobi Levi, Elisabeth Thorsen, Kristina Walsh, Liz Ciokajlo, Tabitha Ringwood, Daniel Charkow, Dr Ellen Sampson, Caroline Groves, Jana Zornik and Jackie Leggett

Monday, 28 September 2020

SAY IT LOUD at Bonnefanten

Brian Elstak

SAY IT LOUD is an international group exhibition by contemporary artists whose work explores subjects related to diversity and the colonial past, and their representation or interpretation.

Participating artists:
Kent Chan, Brian Elstak, Quinsy Gario, Ni Haifeng, Raquel van Haver, Hans van Houwelingen, Alle Jong, Kahlil Joseph, Patricia Kaersenhout, Kerry James Marshall, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Otobong Nkanga, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Juul Sadée, Henry Taylor and Kim Zwarts.

The artists in this exhibition work in different ways and in a variety of media, ranging from painting to performance, and from sculpture to video art. They each have their own spearheads: their work touches on representation, migration, diaspora, slavery, women’s liberation, structural economic and social exploitation, religion and war. They are united by their shared wish to broaden and diversify the historical and art-historical canon.

The artists look back, often from a personal perspective, on how colonial history has formed them and the world around them. They link their personal experiences to bigger events and processes, such as slavery, institutional racism and sexism, and representation. They explore how identity is formed and broaden the canon with a rich visual idiom and a wide range of often neglected stories.

SAY IT LOUD is part of the joint venture ‘Musea Bekennen Kleur’ (Museums Explore Colour), in which Dutch museums look at issues of diversity and inclusion within the museum sector. The approach taken by this joint venture focuses not only on the visible activities, but also – and especially – on the collaborative process. The participating museums are: the Amsterdam Museum, the Bonnefanten, the Centraal Museum, the Dordrechts Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, the Museum Arnhem, the Rembrandt House Museum, the National Museum of World Cultures, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbemuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Zeeuws Museum. The ambition is that other interested museums also join in the venture. ‘Musea Bekennen Kleur’ receives support from the Mondriaan Fund. You can find more information on

Kahlil Joseph's video installation BLKNWS can also be seen at HipHopHuis, Rotterdam from September 11 on and at OSCAM, Amsterdam from September 17 on.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Taskforce Fashion - Residency for Responsible Fashion

‘Taskforce Fashion 2020: Residency for Responsible fashion’

Yet again, FASHIONCLASH, M-ODE and State of Fashion have joined forces to investigate the relevance and the transforming role of fashion concerning social-cultural issues. 

Wanted: Designers willing to make a change! Are you eager to contribute to a better world? Are you not afraid to take on social responsibility within your practice? Then join the Open Call for our Residency for Responsible fashion. Our key question to you:
As a designer, how would you take social responsibility within your own practice?

Would you like to help the elderly, fight inequality, decrease segregation or battle any other social-cultural matter that stands in the way of collaboration, mutual understanding and solidarity?
Let us know what you stand for. Together we will dive into the societal impact fashion can have, by taking our responsibility and by taking action in three cities in the Netherlands: Rotterdam, Tilburg & Maastricht.

The deadline for applying is the 15th of October 2020.
To apply for our Residency for Responsible fashion, please fill in the form below. Don’t forget to carefully read and accept the terms and conditions.

Please note that this call is open for designers living and working in The Netherlands and Belgium.


Makes Sense Award Finalists 2020

Andrea Grossi

FASHIONCLASH presents the fourth edition of the Fashion Makes Sense Award, a recurring stimulation prize for a new generation of designers with innovative and sustainable ideas for the future of fashion. 

Two prizes will be awarded as part of FMSA: an audience prize of € 1000 and a jury prize of € 2500. The prize money is intended for the development of a sustainable work (e.g. collection, research etc.) Finalists will present their work during the Fashion Makes Sense Award Show on Friday evening 27 November during FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht.
In addition, 1 outfit of each finalist will be exhibited within the New Fashion Narratives exhibition.

FMSA 2020 Finalists are:
- Arí van Twillert (The Netherlands)
- SANKIM (United Kingdom)
- ESRA COPUR (The Netherlands)
- Kevin Pleiter (The Netherlands)
- MARKO FEHER (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
- Andrea Grossi (Italy)
- Mathilde Rougier (France)
- MATTHEW NEEDHAM (United Kingdom)
- Saskia Lenaerts (United Kingdom) 

The fourth edition of the Fashion Makes Sense Award is presented within the framework of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2020 (27-29 November). During this three-day festival, a new generation of designers and (performing) artists from home and abroad will have the opportunity to show their work to a diverse and international audience. The program for the 12th edition consists of fashion shows, exhibitions, performances, fashion talks and crossovers with performing arts.

More about the program:
More information about Fashion Makes Sense Award


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