From 13 September 2015 until 8 May 2016 Het Nieuwe Instituut will be transformed into a Temporary Fashion Museum, exploring the phenomenon of fashion in all its surprising forms with an extensive programme of exhibitions, installations, performances and events.
Many Dutch museums include fashion within their collections but there has never been a national fashion museum. Over a period of eight months Het Nieuwe Instituut will explore the possibilities of such an institution by transforming itself into a fashion museum. The entire building is utilised for this temporary experiment.
To curate and realise the Temporary Fashion Museum, artistic director Guus Beumer has called upon his personal network of people who since the early 1990s have played a crucial role in attracting international attention for Dutch fashion, including fashion designers Francisco van Benthum and Alexander van Slobbe, art director Jop van Bennekom, fashion theorist José Teunissen, architect Herman Verkerk, journalist Georgette Koning, stylist Marjo Kranenborg and artist and designer Pascale Gatzen. This network is augmented by dozens of designers, stylists, journalists, photographers and theorists.