If you want to escape the sun, I suggest to take a trip to photography museum Foam in Amsterdam. My favorite Dutch fashion photography duo, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have an exhibition of their extensive work. I love it that their pictures are never just “pretty-pretty”, they mix fashion with art and there’s always an element of darkness in their work. The exhibition contains 300 of their most essential images, selected by the duo themselves. They choose the photographs that showed their fascination for people and their aspirations: who are we, how do we want to look en what does that say about our lives and feelings. A tiny selection of their work:
Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2006
Chloé Spring/Summer 2007
Abbey Lee Kershaw in Fora by Gucci advertisement
Kate Moss for Vogue Paris, April 2008
i-D Magazine January 2009
French Vogue, August 2009
Lara Stone in W Magazine, May 2009
W Magazine, March 2005
Pretty Much Everything – photographs 1985-2010: June 25 – September 15, Foam Amsterdam, entrance € 10,-.
Alexander van Slobbe is quite an entrepeneur. As front runner of the Dutch modernist fashion movement in the 1990s he achieved most of his successes outside his homecountry. In fact his main line Orson+Bodil only has three points of sale in the Netherlands. He has collaborated with Puma and Marc Jacobs amongst many others. His work is all about construction and styleful minimalsm. The Dutch modernism movement definetly does not come close to my personal aesthetic, but i have deep respect for people who work this hard and achieve so much influence in the world coming from this dot on the map we call home.
pieces from his fall/winter 2009 Orson+Bodil collection
His work has been collected for an overview by the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and will be presented in a special exposition called:
Stof tot nadenken(which literally means thinking material, but is being officially translated as Fashion for Thought )
from Feb 13th to May 16th 2010 at the Centraal Museum Utrecht
Here comes the best thing! Almost as interesting as the exposition, if not more(to me anyway).. is the fact there will be an accompanying project called “Patroon Ontrafeld”(“pattern untangled“) which will include patterns of Slobbe himself available in a sewing workspace in the museum as well as creative workshops with famous artists and designers and a “sewing for dummies” workshop. As a finale to all this goodness there will be a fashion show and design contest.
pieces from his spring/summer 2009 collection
mini biography: 1984 graduated cum laude at the fashion academy in Arnhem
started the label orson+bodil in 1989
1993 started menswear label SO and was the first Dutchman to have his own show in Paris in 1993.
In 1995 had over 200 selling points all over the world and soon after over 20 of his own stores.
2003 recieved the prince Bernhard culture award
link to the exibit page at the Utrecht Centraal Museum website
I’m not sure what’s happening with all the Dutch museums, but suddenly they seem to have discovered the fashion world. So in the near future I will be in Rotterdam to visit the “The Art of Fashion” exhibition in museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition is about the balance between fashion and art and focusses on installations, performances and sculptural designs. So don’t expect it to be very wearable…..
The exhibition shows designs by Viktor & Rolf, Naomi Filmer, Hussein Chalayan, Anna-Nicole Ziesche, Walter Van Beirendonck and more.
Viktor & Rolf, Fall-Winter 2007-2008
“The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions” at the museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 19 september 2009 – 10 januari 2010
For more info check www.boijmans.nl
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There aren’t many fashion events in the Netherlands: there’s a yearly Fashion Week in Amsterdam and sometimes there’s a random exhibition, and that’s about it. Personally, I think the Amsterdam Fashion Week is very overrated: the usual (boring) Dutch fashion designers, the same (boring) Dutch Celebs, and a lot of attention from the (boring) Dutch press. So finally there is an other, much more interesting event: the Arnhem Mode Biënnale.
Some quotes from their website:
”Every two years the Arnhem Mode Biënnale presents the state of affairs in fashion design at an international level. In the space of four years the fashion biennale has evolved into a major trend-setting event with a robustly international orientation. For a month the centre of Arnhem will literally form the core of the third edition of the Arnhem Mode Biënnale.”
“The biennale theme of SHAPE forms the leitmotif for a series of inspirational programme components. To take just a small sample from the programme: for students there are informative workshops, fashion enthusiasts can follow an enchanting shopping route, and for professional visitors there are lectures. And what would a fashion fiesta be without a catwalk?”
“SHAPE is the connecting thread of the greatest cultural fashion event in the world. This year more than 80 fashion labels are participating, including Lanvin, Raf Simons, Hussein Chalayan, Jil Sander, Rick Owens, Martin Margiela and Viktor & Rolf.”
So next week P. and me are going to see some exhibitions and will return with fresh minds about fashion!
Arnhem Mode Biënnale will take place from June 6 to July 6 2009 throughout the centre of Arnhem. For more info check their website: www.arnhemmodebiennale2009.com.
Last two pictures by Ernst Moritz.
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