Sunday, 21 February 2021

FASHIONCLASH Festival 12th edition - Goes digital

The 12th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival will take place from 26 – 28 February 2021.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 digitally to a diverse and international audience. The 12th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival will not only contain of digital exhibition tours, films, video reports and performances but will also contain live elements such as live fashion talks.

This editions program includes a new show program component The Clash House, that focuses more on performative experiences in which designers are challenged to actively experiment with forms of presentation and inclusive audience participation.
Further more there are exhibition Class of 2020 and New Fashionn Narratives, The Locals show with local fashion talent and Living Exhibition in cooperation with Marres.

The fourth edition of the
Fashion Makes Sense Award will also be presented during the digital edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival. 


Digital public program and online live presentations are all accessible for everyone on 26 + 27 February through

 Tune in front row on LIVE.FASHIONCLASH.NL

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: All times are in +1 GMT

Friday 26 February

18:00 | Decolonization Dialogue, iArts Maastricht – this is not a livestream,
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19:00 | FASHIONCLASH Festival Opening, in conversation with FASHIONCLASH co-founders/directors

19:30 | New Fashion Narratives, exhibition tour Philippe Pourhashemi in conversation with designers

20:30 | Living Exhibition, performances @ Marres
21:00 | Fashion Makes Sense Award: in conversation with, hosted by MUMSTER

Saturday 27 February

14:00 | Fashion Makes Sense Award Show + Talk hosted by Anne-Ro Klevent Groen
15:30 | Class of 2020, exhibition tour + Talk, designers in conversation with Rolien Zonneveld
17:00 | The Locals, show presentation + talk, designers in conversation with Stephanie Afrifa
18:00 | Individual Events part I, video portraits and event reports
18:30 | New Fashion Narratives, exhibition tour Philippe Pourhashemi in conversation with designers
19:30 | Individual Events part II, video portraits and event reports
20:00 | The Clash House, show presentation + talk, designers in conversation with Stephanie Afrifa

Sunday 27 February

The Sunday program is only accessible for the participants. The program Community Talk en Meet the Industry.

Overview and information about the program and participants:



Saturday, 13 February 2021

HIM & HER by Daria Geller

A modern interpretation of He & She, a short story consisting of letters between two lovers written by Anton Chekhov in the 19th century, Him & Her illustrates how the way we love hasn’t changed over the years. 

Directed by Daria Geller, Him & Her questions the nature of love - an anti fairy tale offering a more realistic depiction of relationships. A tale of love and hate, the short film explores toxic dynamics which, though they don’t fit into society’s expectations of romance, can form an intrinsic part of love.

The film revolves around the concept of love and hate being inescapably connected. The playfulness, the teasing, the pushing and pulling become behaviours that the two main characters have adopted over the years - a visceral way of loving which they thoroughly enjoy and despise at the same time. In an unfortunate paradox, only with the ones that we truly love do we feel comfortable enough to show the worst of ourselves. 

Him & Her explores how when we love most of our time is spent dealing with mundane tasks, waiting for those rare moments of love for which we are willing to go through anything. In the film this is shown when the female lead goes on stage to perform, as this is the moment her lover falls in love all over again. We never hear her sing as nothing in the world could ever be as beautiful as the way he hears her voice. Similarly, though she performs to an audience, she relishes in being adored by him. With every scene gradually turning redder and redder as we approach the moment of her being on stage, they are both fully aware that as soon as the performance is over and they return to their rooms everything will go back to being grey. 

The film is an ode to Russia’s somber and melancholic aesthetic. Featuring garments by Russian labels Lesyanebo and Brier-wear, Him & Her is set across three distinct locations picked for their clear Soviet design: Hotel Che, Hotel Uzkoe and the Central House of Architecture. The Russian identity is equally felt through the lack of dialogue, something which would normally fill a relationship. Unable to openly talk during the Soviet Union, communicating without speaking and focusing on the unsaid has now become part of the Russian way of living. 

Him & Her is the first narrative short film directed by Geller. Currently it’s being screened at a range of international film festivals and has won Best Short Film and Best Actress at Cinalfama, Best Short and Best Cinematography at Indie Short Fest and has been nominated for Best Cinematography at ARFF Berlin International Awards.  

HIM & HER from Daria Geller on Vimeo.

About Daria Geller

Born and raised in Moscow, and based between Paris and Tel Aviv, at the age of sixteen Geller made her way into the world of cinema by attending Russia’s preeminent film school VGIK under the lead of renowned cinematographer Mikhail Agranovich. Her work can be defined as honest and raw, seeking to shed light on some of life’s most intimate moments. Geller has worked as Director and Director of Photography across Europe, Russia and the Middle East, shooting numerous commercials, documentaries, fashion films, short films and music videos for names such as Adidas, Clean Bandit and Son Little. Her work has screened and been awarded internationally, winning Best Middle Eastern film at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2017 and a nomination for Best Music Video at the BRITS Awards in 2016.

Director: Daria Geller
Script: Asia Fix, Daria Geller
Producers: Yuval Orr, Daria Geller
Executive Producer: Iftach Aloni
Line Producer: Yana Kurbatova


Friday, 5 February 2021


COLLECTIE ARNHEM 2021 collaborative collection DROP THE PIN has been unvealed with a lookbook and a fashion film.

COLLECTIE ARNHEM is a collective project where third-year students of the BA Fashion Design department at ArtEZ University of the Arts create a progressive and distinctive collection.

The DROP THE PIN collection is a reflection on today’s reality. We are aware of our physical interactions, personal space, and the innate longing for human connection. This awareness shapes the basis for a world of our own creation. Human energy drives this world. It determines our direction of motion as well as the color, light, and shadows of our physical contours. This energy is invisible, yet it shapes our existence. We crave it, and we retreat from it.

We challenged ourselves to work with deadstock garments and textiles. Arnhem based brand HUMANOID gave us the opportunity to do so, as a collaborative partner that has a direct link to the fashion industry. They share their experiences and values with us, as well as providing the deadstock material that we re-interpreted and developed into garments that take on a whole new life and meaning. Through the fundamental techniques of knotting, fold- ing, and cutting, we have materialized the importance of connection into the openings, clo- sures, and ties of our garments. The silkscreened prints are a visualization of human energy and its flow through the body, while fabric surfaces have been rendered matte and hardened through processes of indigo and curcuma dying, hand waxing with natural beeswax, and quilt- ing. While re-purposing deadstock items we have deconstructed garments into their 2-dimen- sional form and reconstructed them into new 3-dimensional items, or conversely, turned 3-di- mensional patterns into flat garments that are wearable in multiple ways. What resulted by following the design principles we set for ourselves is an intuitive alteration of archetypal gar- ments in which human connection and interaction is both facilitated and challenged as a code of conduct for the community we have created.


The collection is developed under guidance of Rens de Waal, Lenn Cox, Rixt van der Tol and Katy Grieve. Additionally, we worked with spatial installation artist Dennis Vanderbroeck on the physical execution of our concept. For the final presentation, Dennis aided us in fully realizing the world we want to communicate to our audience. Drop the Pin is a gesture driven by human energy of how we connect through garments and an invitation into the com- munity defined by these garments.

This collective experiment will be a testament to the universal importance of connection, community and collaboration. We invite you to join our world, a redesigned interpretation of togetherness where we create connections in a new state of spatial awareness. The afterlife of this collection will consist of sending the key garments to a few collaborators introduced into our world. This “loan” is a promise made to Collectie Arnhem, to use these items in any way the collaborators see fit, for example dressing someone else with it, while documenting it. The documented results will be the embodiment of the connections created through our garments.

Alin Paul Ciobanu, Charlotte Scheurwater, Cyra Bartholl, Daan Pouwels, Floris Minkenberg, Ilse Cats, Iris Bosker, Kirsten van de Belt, Leila Gordon, Luca Rata, Lucija Kejzar, Luna Wierdsma, Michelle Craig, Noortje Broens, Pablo Willemars, Philipp Obwaller, Shao Jun Woo, Tara Hollander, Vojta Lopour, Zora Hamers

Thursday, 4 February 2021

MoMu hits the streets with decorated utility boxes

Never seen before objects from the MoMu collection are now to be discovered in the streets of Antwerp. In close collaboration with the District of Antwerp, MoMu has redesigned 16 utility boxes in 12 locations!

The utility boxes feature the finest contemporary work from our collection which, despite the current renovation work, continues to expand with clothes and accessories of great relevance to future generations. As the world's largest collection of Belgian fashion, our archive continues to grow through purchases, but also donations and long-term loans from private individuals, designers and fashion brands.

The renovated utility boxes in Nationalestraat offer a glimpse of this extensive and varied collection, which is an infinite source of inspiration to all fashion lovers. The entire city will now discover an unexpected selection from the unique collection managed by MoMu, comprising approximately 33,000 objects and covering every layer of fashion and textile history.

Besides a mash-up of different iconic silhouettes from the collection, passers-by will also have the chance to admire work by photographer Ronald Stoops and make-up artist Inge Grognard. Their pioneering work over the last decades for accomplished Belgian names, like Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Walter Van Beirendonck are also featured at each location. More information:

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Kukka presents Chromarama, the role of design in colour blindness

photo by Studio Soest
From 4 to 7 February 2021, Kukka presents the textile project Chromarama, with an online exhibition from De Wasserij in Rotterdam. 

Chromarama questions one of the most basic aspects of design: colour. Chromarama investigates colour perception and experience by people with Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), more commonly known as colour blindness, translated into jacquard woven tapestries. For most people seeing all colours comes naturally. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are colour blind. What role can design (education) play? How do you ensure that visual information is not lost? How can we take visual limitations into account in both functional and aesthetic design?  

Textile Design
This artistic research has been translated into five jacquard woven tapestries. The graphic colour studies, inspired by Josef Albers and the Ishihara test, play with shape, contrast, texture, subtle shine, pattern and tactility. This talk discusses the research process and the design of the tapestries. With Chromarama, Kukka wants to contribute to a (design) world, where there is room for valuable experiences of people with a visual impairment or disability.

designer Laura Luchtman, photo by Iris Tempelaar

The exhibition opens on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 am with an online tour. Laura Luchtman from Kukka will tell more about the project in a virtual lecture on Friday 5 February at 11:00 am. Both events can be followed online for free.

More information:

Practical information exhibition “Chromarama” | online
Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 February

Thursday February 4 | 11:00 - 12:00
virtual opening with artist talk via Instagram Live @kukkadesign

Friday February 5 | 11:00 - 11:40
virtual lecture via Zoom, register for free via Eventbrite

Chromarama is made possible by Dutch Creative Industries Fund, Stokroos Foundation, TextielMuseum and De Wasserij. 

About Kukka
Kukka is Laura Luchtman's textile and surface design studio. Kukka focuses on experimental colour and material research and is driven by the ecological and social aspects of sustainability. Through groundbreaking approaches to textiles, colour, production and consumption, Kukka aims to change our perception and provide opportunities for a more conscious industry.

Schepers Bosman - AW 2021

Schepers Bosman released their 2021 AW collection online.

"Colors, graphics and shapes are inspired by vintage blankets and limited printed interior fabrics we found in local warehouses, the collection shows lots of oversized rectangular shaped garments to wrap around, featuring handdrawn prints of our flowers and houseplants, finished and decorated with enlarged handmade stitches. A second layer of real intuitive doodle drawings is made out of handpressed vinyl and delicate embroidery patchwork, with the raw diy mentality we are known for."

 “This collection is about joy & excitement, the desire to move, to be together and to be seen. fun and colorful takes on iconic wardrobe items, playful proportions, fabrics you want to touch, big garments to jump around in. to make the everyday exciting.” 

“Our music playlist for this collection: dreampop, tiktok anthems & alternative indie.” 

click here to enter the playlist. / @schepersbosman

Lookbook featuring: Anna van der Werf @anna.vd.w / Robby Hekkers @robbyhekkers / Mephisto shoes

Friday, 29 January 2021

Yuima Nakazato’s Spring/Summer 2021

Yuima Nakazato’s Spring/Summer 2021 Haute Couture digital Paris collection 

Yuima Nakazato worked with Ms. Lauren Wasser, a double-amputee, for the presentation of the new collection. By applying a proprietary digital processing technology (Biosmocking) to a unique synthetic protein material (Brewed Protein™), Nakazato created three-dimensional shapes to embody the physical details of the wearer in order to demonstrate the ability to create individualized pieces despite the distance of the couturier to the customer. 

Photography courtesy Yuima Nakazato.

Thursday, 28 January 2021


ALPHONSE MAITREPIERRE Digital Couture Sping-Summer 2021 collection is a tribute to Madeleine Castaing the famous antique dealer and interior designer. Famous as much for her identifiable taste as for her free spirit, her love of mixing, not to mention her iconic chin elastic. Her original and whimsical personality allows her to mix, even at the time, a carpet with a leopard pattern and Napoleon III style furniture, to add exotic bamboo furniture, and antique objects, making her a true stylist. 

It was during the second confinement that the idea of this collection came to ALPHONSE MAITREPIERRE. "At that time, for the second time, we all found ourselves locked up at home again. I wanted to make silhouettes that spoke about confinement, but not in a sad or frightening way, quite the contrary. For weeks we watched videos of people dancing at home, going for a walk, playing sports, arranging their space, having fun."

"It was important for me that these «Dadames» were a bit like our avatars, who with time become one with the decor around them. Thus, we can find hybrid pieces such as a comforter suit, a parquet dress, a vase bag, a sofa coat, and a hanger bag to name a few. In our image, they knew how to take this strange period with a certain humor and we can then see them becoming delirious, dancing, running, moving the walls, turning upside down the iconic gentilhommière de Lèves decorated by Madeline Castaing."

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit

Leading international visionaries came together at 202030–THEBERLIN FASHION SUMMIT to shape a meaningful future for fashion 

The first edition of 202030 – THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT, which took place as part of Berlin Fashion Week from 21-24 January 2021, strengthened change in the fashion industry and inspired rethinking. Despite the pandemic, the organizer studio MM04 cooperated with Sqetch and the Beneficial Design Institute to facilitate a vivid exchange between high-profile thought leaders and visionaries from fashion, tech, politics, science, business, and the creative industry. The conference had 2155 views by 1468 registered participants from all over the world, including high-class experts such as Amanda Parkes (Pangaia), Amber Jae Slooten (The Fabricant), Bandana Tewari (Journalist), Eva Kruse (Global Fashion Agenda), Matthew Drinkwater (Fashion Innovation Agency), Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart (Cradle to Cradle) who came together to discuss the future of Fashion Culture, Fashion Economy, and Fashion Product.

The 202030 – THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT was conceived in two parts, with a non-public working format for professional exchange and vision development and a public part for the translation of the content to a wider audience. The organizers agree that their virtually executed event was a success. The digital platform allowed the participants to connect before the summit, interact with each other during presentations, and exchange expertise after each day. Nearly 900 users took advantage of these networking and chat possibilities. "We are pleased about the vivid and curious exchange within the interactive community and the many questions from the chat that were taken up via the moderators," says Max Gilgenmann from studio MM04. Participants came from France, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the United States, India and Brazil, just to name a few. The 202030 – THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT was funded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. “We are delighted to have such an impactful format as 202030 - THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT with leading experts in the line up as part of the realigned Berlin Fashion Week focusing on sustainability and digitalization. With up to 1500 registered participants per day and high international participation, the summit has far exceeded our expectations. It is important to me that we now incorporate the findings into our activities," says Ramona Pop, Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.


Sustainability is omnipresent and now is a good momentum to put goals into action. The pandemic has shown that most of the system the industry is operating in is dysfunctional. “We cannot continue to evolve under these circumstances and covid-19 has acted like some kind of giant magnifying lens. It has been so obvious that brands increase their profits while owing billions of garment workers in unpaid wages”, highlighted Orsola de Castro from Fashion Revolution. Leading experts agreed that a more sustainable fashion industry is not just the goal of one individual, but the goal of an entire industry. Eva Kruse from the Global Fashion Agenda emphasized in an interview with Magdalena Schaffrin from studio MM04: „Brands are coming together, deciding to fight against the system that has been created. But we also need bold leadership again, and then let that be the vision. And that’s the cool thing about fashion, that it can influence so much – also how we think about the product.“

And fashion goes far beyond the product. The lifestyle journalist and sustainability activist Bandana Tewari from Craft Diplomacy argued that fashion needs more compassion: “It is about understanding that we need to be compassionate human beings to be creators and to be consumers. Compassion and human understanding should also be the choice when we decide what to wear.” A crucial point is that fashion brands have to offer better options. Prof. Dr. Braungart, one of the founders of the Cradle to Cradle design concept, stressed that „Fashion is about holistic beauty. A product that becomes waste has a quality problem and that is not beautiful“. The industry is becoming more and more aware of this new demand: “During the pandemic, we observed that customers start to think more about their choices. Thus, we want to give them more sustainable options”, said Jade Buddenberg from Zalando. 

One of the biggest upcoming shifts in fashion will be from physical to digital fashion and that will change the way we communicate, design, and interact with products. Matthew Drinkwater from the Fashion Innovation Agency in London demonstrated that we are going to a completely new fashion ecosystem, where fashion does not need to be physical to be real. Digital fashion allows designers to show their creations first digitally to the consumers before they start producing physically what would enable them to produce on-demand. Leslie Holden from the Digital Fashion Group pointed out that the new generation of designers needs to be educated on how to use technologies to reshape the industry and use technologies to their advantage: “This is the end of fashion as we know it. Through digital technology, we have so many new opportunities to rewrite how we want the industry to be. For example, I don’t know any fashion school that is teaching designers how to work with big data.”. 

The second edition of the 202030 – THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT will take place in summer 2021. For further information please see ​ 

Instagram @202030summit

202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit – Fashion Culture > Recap.mp4 from studio MM04 on Vimeo.

202030 – THE BERLIN FASHION SUMMIT is organized by studio MMO4 in cooperation with Sqetch and Beneficial Design Institute. 

studio MM04 is a Berlin-based creative strategy consultancy with an international network that supports companies and organisations in shaping their future with a radical passion for fashionable aesthetics and profound sustainability expertise. 

Sqetch is an innovation agency and IT company that connects fashion brands with producers and suppliers worldwide on their B2B online sourcing platform ​ and helps them establish transparent supply chains. Sqetch is based in Berlin and Amsterdam. 

The Beneficial Design Institute GmbH is a design research and development institute for sustainable and circular products with a focus on fashion and textiles. The BD-I researches, develops and tests holistic innovation concepts. It designs fashion, textiles and products from prototypes to series production.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Fashion Makes Sense Award

Fashion Makes Sense Award - In conversation with:

Date: Wednesday 27th of January 2021
Time: 17.00 – 18.00 (GMT +1)

Within the context of the 4th edition of the Fashion Makes Sense Award, FASHIONCLASH teamed up with Chanel Trapman of
MUMSTER and will host an online live conversation, centered around the topic of sustainability in fashion; not just focusing on environmental aspects but also including wellbeing, emotions, inclusion and identity.

Conversation participants:
- Chanel Trapman (MUMSTER)
- Branko Popovic (FASHIONCLASH)
- Daniëlle Bruggeman (Professor of Fashion, ArtEZ University of the Arts)
- Marian Duff (OSCAM)
- Roosmarie Ruigrok (Clean&Unique, Reflow Project, Green Deal Circulaire Denim)
- Tom van der Borght, multidisciplinary designer

Fourth edition - Fashion Makes Sense Award


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: a public prize of € 1000 and a jury prize of € 2500. The prize money is intended for the development of a sustainable work.

Finalists will present their work during the Fashion Makes Sense Award Show on Saturday 27th of February during the digital 12th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival. This is an online live event moderated by Anne-Ro Klevent Groen,
Marketing and communications director Fashion for Good, Editor-at-Large Sustainability Vogue Netherlands. The online voting for the public award is possible until the online event on the 27th of February. Both prizes will be announced during the online event.
During the FMSA online event, Liselot Hoekstra recent graduate from
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, will present her project ‘Deadstock Island’.

More information about Fashion Makes Sense Award:

FMSA Finalists are: 
Andrea Grossi - @andreagrossi__
Arí van Twillert - @arivantwillert
ESRA COPUR - @esracopur_
Kevin Pleiter - @kevinpleiter
MARKO FEHER - @markofeher
Mathilde Rougier – @clothstrophobe
MATTHEW NEEDHAM - @matthewneedhamstudio
SANKIM - @sankim_official
Saskia Lenaerts - @lenaerts_saskia

Jury prize panel:

- Alex McIntosh, Creative director at Create Sustain

- Annouk Post, Creative Coach of Sustainable (Fashion) Pioneers 
- Belvis Soler, Co-Founder and CEO Luxiders Magazine, Co-founder of GASS
- Holly Syrett, Senior Sustainability Manager Global Fashion Agenda

- Luciana Duarte, PhD researcher in Production Engineering (Brazil) and in Development Studies (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), founder of Ethical Fashion Brazil.

- Max Gilgenmann, Ceo and Founder studio MM04, Content Director at Neonyt

- Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy director of Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents, International Brand Ambassador Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Goodwill Ambassador Fashion for Development.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Inauguration and fashion symbolism

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with Vice President Elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff gathered on the National Mall in Washington DC for a COVID Memorial honoring and remembering the more than 400,000 American lives lost to the pandemic so far.
Politics from the big stage has always influenced fashion and the developments in society. Symbolic meanings of clothing and prominent leaders, when properly chosen and with the right intentions, can positively contribute to a better world.
One of the signs that the Biden - Harris administration will be different from its predecessor came in the form of Dr. Biden and Kamala Harris’s attire. Dr. Biden chose a purple wrap coat and paneled dress from the fall 2021 collection of Jonathan Cohen, one of a new generation of American designers who is championing sustainability and responsible design. Purple is one of the Suffragettes’ colors, but more poignantly it’s what you get when red and blue are mixed together. The classic camel coat that Harris chose to wear for the occasion was also a mark of solidarity. The piece is by Pyer Moss-founder Kerby Jean-Raymond, the Black designer who led the way in the fashion industry's response to America's Covid-19 crisis.














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