Monday, 28 June 2021

Rietveld Academie Fashion Show 2021

Bonnie Ogilvie

On Friday 25 June, the fashion department of the Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academy presented the Class of 2021.
This generation of students is not shy about presenting a radical approach to fashion. Typical fashion collections are hard to find, but the much-needed new fashion narratives are fully expressed in performances and installations. Not always effective, but in all cases with curiosity and guts. 

This year, the department continued to develop with experimenting with alternative presentation forms. This year the show was staged in a multidisciplinary group presentation on location. In small groups, visitors were introduced to the various projects and designers in an intimate way. The audience became part of the whole through a series of performative elements and interactions. 

The Rietveld Academy Fashion Show 2021 presented the graduation projects of Bonnie Ogilvie, Chiara Frenzel, Emilia Christina Honnebier, Emma Lou Burkel, Karly Gerharts (Limo Hair), Malgorzata (Gosha) Woch, Riun Jo and Roxane Mbanga. Each of them with a personal approach to fashion as a form of expression that can be described as 'related to': to textile crafts and traditions, to the body, to identity, representation and visual culture, to memories and sentiment, and to well-being.

Niels Klavers, head of the fashion department: “For the second year in a row, our students have had to study and graduate in challenging circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. None of us have missed the impact of this. Nevertheless, clear signals of changing attitudes and ambitions, and advancing insights about our education, had long convinced us to take an experimental path, before the virus brought everything to an abrupt halt. Today we see the first results of these changes, which will hopefully lead to new ways of doing 'fashion', to enrich the position of 'fashion' in our culture.” 

Riun Jo

Bonnie Ogilvie

Bonnie Ogilvie

Roxane Mbanga

Roxane Mbanga

Emilia Christina Honnebier

Emilia Christina Honnebier

Emilia Christina Honnebier

Emma Lou Burkel

Karly Gerharts (Limo Hair)

Riun Jo

Riun Jo

Malgorzata (Gosha) Woch

Malgorzata (Gosha) Woch

Malgorzata (Gosha) Woch

Chiara Frenzel

Chiara Frenzel

 

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