Thursday 11 June 2020

Tom Van der Borght “Act 1: a safe cocoon”

Tom Van der Borght
, finalist of Hyères Festival 2020 and winner of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2019 Talent Award presents his artisanal collection "Act 1: a safe cocoon”

We all have moments in life where we feel defeated, vulnerable, mistreated, sad, lonely, or excluded. In such moments we look for ways to find ourselves again, we crave for a survival guide to our own life, we have a hunger for connection and community as an antidote for loneliness and exclusion. In order to not be alone during those times, Tom Van der Borght develops a series of 7 rituals, based on 7 stages of his own life and experiences. It introduces the audience into the TVDB universe, through the method of extreme self-portrait, awareness, and sensibility for the “strong”’ and the “special”.

His ongoing artistic research explores the representation and celebration of non-normative bodies in a myriad of fashion, performance, and visual art. In ‘Act 01: Create a Safe Cocoon ’high-tech bricolage fashion is placed in a framework of a low-tech procession. 7 outfits created out of 7 limited non-normative fashion materials are at the core of this performance and are an exploration of the concept of restriction as a base for experiment and materialization. 7 is and will always be a magic number…

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