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> Aniek Zinken

With my graduation collection ‘Encore une Fois’ I try to re-introduce the ritual of dressing up, so I started looking at Dutch historical costumes. There is a tradition that shapes and dresses women in a special way. With the help of others, every single layer is pulled on, buttoned up, folded, pinned or tied up, untill there is a big silhouette. Also colours, jewels and pieces of clothing have their own meaning. 

All this leads to a survey of shape, where I am trying to find the boarder between fashion and extravagant volumes. These volumes I want to place on parts of the female body where they aren’t desirable nowadays. I want to enlarge the female body at the right places and at the same time try to find a new image of this time.

Questioning our society and looking back at our historical backgrounds keep me in a constant battle of creating new shapes and structures that’ll fit into our time.


> Anneleen Bertels

“The search for purity, in dialogue with a new reality”

My perception of the role as a fashion designer goes far beyond everything, and contains every action in our life. Creativity has no borders and we have to outbid all disciplines. The quality and meaning of clothing, as well as the modern translation of its function in the future, is really important to me. The development of new tools will allow us to see nature in a different way. It will bring up new colours, shapes and forms. My former study of architecture and interior design still plays a main role in every collection I have created until now. In search for atmosphere, proportion and silhouettes, I strive for blending a playful balance between femininity and masculinity.

I am very fascinated by the interaction between handcraft, textiles and structures, and how they can influence shape and form.

During internships at Hilde Frunt, Véronique Branquinho, Bernhard Willhelm and John Gallinao I gained experience in the fashion industry.


> Cherish Brouwer

Collecting unidentified pieces of the future while using my intuition. Through the use of my six sences I create an unknown surrounding with a new view on texture, shape, material and color. Discovering, experimenting and creating my own atmosphere that is based upon my feelings and thoughts at that specific moment.

Perfection in detail, innovation, versatility, functionality and mixing them together in the ideal way, is what I aspire.

Altogether, this leads to my elusive world, to which I give my own translation and is needed to embody my state of mind.

My graduation collection named ‘’Discordia” started with a research of the connection between two worlds rich in contrast, namely order and disorder. The disharmony helped me to create my own structured chaos.

The collection is based on a variety of materials including knitwear. Items consist of several layers, and each in a different material. By working with the layering, the features will be mixed up together to create an own character.


> Christina Engsig

A fascination for elements that undergo a transformation, seemingly leading their own lives and continuously changing, is where my collection VACUUMALLURE takes its starting point. I posses a curiosity for and seek to challenge, manipulate and explore new properties of materials in relation to form and silhouette. Working three dimensionally, I continuously investigate a modern abstraction of a female fragility and sharpness. I strive to create a seductive friction in my collections, where elegance and nonchalance test and complement each other in shape, texture and colors.

I posses a great enthusiasm for handwork and knitwear, along with attention to quality and detail; elements that I believe in and aspire to on a high level.

Prior to my BA in Fashion design from ArtEZ, my education from TEKO - Design and Business School in Denmark has equipped me with an insight into purchasing, sales and production management.

Furthermore, I have gained practical experience in the fashion industry during internships at Gaspard Yurkievich, Chloè and Sonia Rykiel, amongst others.

christina.engsig@gmail.com
www.christinaengsig.com
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 22 12 76


> Hans Hutting

Mark Twain said: ”Clothes make the man, but what kind of man do you want to be?”

Born on the 4th of april 1990 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As a child my dream was to be a archaeologist, finding treasures like in the movie, but my life took an other turn…..

I loved to go on adventures with my Action Man doll! We did a lot of incredible things together.  He needed some new outfits for these adventures and that’s when I discovered my passion: I wanted to be a fashion designer.

It’s important for me to ask questions to myself, the do’s and don’ts. What’s tough? What’s gay ? All these questions lead to an answer.

The questions I ask myself are answered with my work. Together with my classmate Joris Suk and friend Anandi Gall we started MAISON the FAUX, a new label that will have a big focus on creating a outspoken image.

Progressive, young and vibrant.

www.maisonthefaux.com


> Henriëtte Tilanus

My ideas come from a poetic image in my mind combined with things I see in real life. One day, when I did my internship in London I saw an old lady on the street with pink hair and a transparent headscarf. Things like this I collect in my mind and become a new story. I love to make my own material and create an atmosphere which is based on this self-formed story. Therefore I embroider, paint, knit, and rework fabrics in an artisanal manner and bring them together like a collage. In a way I paint with fabric. My aim is to create a sensitive yet contrasting image in which I play around with fragile and heavier materials, layers, volumes, and colors.

I just graduated cum laude from the Academy of Art in Arnhem where I discovered my love for textiles and prints. I hope to see and learn as much as possible in the future. I try to see the beauty of everyday life and keep on dreaming


> Joris Suk

For me it is important to never lose the thread of my instinct, my instinctive reaction against deep thought.

Within my work I’m looking for the perfect balance in which the disappearance of paradox within our existence is the key. My work is always build on opposits and I start searching for ways in which this duality could be translated in a harmonious way. I do not view my garments to be made for a specific sex.

Not man or woman, but human. I, myself do not believe in a difference between man and woman and would like to approach them as equals.

The whole process of design is a search expedition to the supreme balance between sex.

Together with my classmate Hans Hutting and friend Anandi Gall we started MAISON the FAUX, a new label that will have a big focus on creating a outspoken image. Progressive, young and vibrant.

www.maisonthefaux.com


> Korinna van Balkom

My name is Korinna van Balkom, and I would like to welcome you to my ideal world. In my world, all men wear suits, because in my opinion there is certain pure, natural beauty about men, without them realizing it, and I think the suit is the only perfect realization that radiates this pure beauty.

All the time, I am and will be busy with searching for the perfect contemporary translation of the traditional suit. The traditional suit had an infinite evolution with unlimited possibilities, which keeps challenging me to create a ideal modern version.

Lately I focused on the reputation of the suit. In recent decades, the clear separation between men and women and their duties are faded more and more. Times of ‘housewives’ and ‘businessmen’ are gone, and so is conformal clothing. So I designed the contemporary suit, not worn to radiate authority and formality, but because people respect it´s pure beauty again.

korinnavanbalkom@gmail.com
Phone: +31 (0) 6 30759463     


> Liselore Frowijn

Liselore Frowijn is a designer who combines contrasting aspects into a new exciting idea. She creates a characteristic world and colourful atmosphere, balancing on the narrow border of high and low cultures. Every new design is a living painting, carefully built up as a collage.

Her collection is about the clash between sportswear and luxury. This concept is based on the famous cut-outs of Matisse. By cutting and pasting with paper, she created a modern cut out-suit for women, carried out in fabrics used in sportswear. Above these suits are modern pieces, carried out in light, rich, artisanal, handpainted fabrics with self designed prints. The silhouettes are voluminous and layered, and the transparency of the fabrics causes an eclectic play-a-long between background and foreground: a weird kind of luxury is the result. 

Her designs are for women with a curiosity for the world. As the designer herself, they are explorers in heart and soul; always searching for the perfect balance between aestheticism and imperfection.

e-mail: liselorefrowijn@live.nl
tel: +31 (0) 6 34 33 19 41
www.liselorefrowijn.com


> Marina Sala

Clothes are a perfect tool to show others who you are, or rather, who you want to be. 

I’m more interested in letting them show what you used to dream of becoming.

My work is about the lost child’s dreams of every man. I dip them into a world they used to live in and let them swim into their lost imagination.
Boys will be boys, and men should be able to be that too.

My name is Marina Sala, and I like to be curious.

Don’t you?

marinasala@live.nl
0031(0)619646001
www.marina-sala.com


> Piet Caarls

My main focus as a designer are the shapes of the designs.

I like to compile my visual ideas through working in 3-D. The biggest impact for my work I get in the process of creating new shapes by making toiles or drapings. I love to challenge and confront the current fashion trends with a modern vision through silhouettes, high quality fabrics and finishings.

For my graduation collection I looked at the classic mens wardrobe and gave it a feminine twist by cuttings and adding sculptural shapes to it.

I translated a tie into a lapel of an oversized coat and I created covered silhouettes which are very sensual because of sheer fabrics.


> Pieter Eliens

‘One must not let die one’s imagination’

With my work as a fashion designer I aim to transcend reality. I indulge myself with the freedom to exaggerate a femininity and persona in this non-reality. I set up the collection its atmosphere around a certain protagonist. It’s almost a way of story telling. Out of the belief in a chaotic liberation, I build op my collections as a struggle between chaos and order. This discrepancy plays an essential role within myself and how I function and somehow it is something that reverts. My gesture actions to create form out of draping are derived from this disorder. I work until the point is reached where there is no need to question whether something is good or wrong. Forgetting these standards the perfect consonance between chaos and order emerge out of the ‘act’ itself.


> Roderick Buijs

Developing my own laboratory. A set where everything is possible and experiment has become nonsense. The impossible seems impossible and yet makes research even more exiting to dive into. Searching for the unknown and searching for your unknown intuition. No path will lead me to an end but to a better experience. Creations in the lab become unique and my own visionary world can lead to a fresh newborn.. The chaos becomes ever more structured and pieces are getting unfolded.

Going back to our roots, our primordial instincts and a big primitive feeling. So where did we start as humans? Where did we all still use all our senses and nerves? Looking far back in time where we lived under extreme savage conditions and human capacity and fundaments got it’s shape more and more by working in most primitive conditions. This with a big deconstructive character and a strong underline for fabrics, materials, hand craftsmanship and movement is always a base.

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> Roos Mol


> Sarah Knüpfer

Don ́t take life too serious, especially yours - enjoy it, start laughing whenever you want to and go running around naked! Life is either a great adventure or nothing!

My ambition is to create bright and optimistic cloths that enable everybody to experience a positive and spontaneous aesthetic in order to break out of one`s everyday life. Playing with functional athletics mixed up with an old-maidish touch of clothing inspires me to form my collections.

Where is the limit of beauty? How far can you go to still let it look amazing? I love using prints to complete sophisticated styles, and in the same time re-defining silhouettes by emphasizing on form, colors and material.

By building up profound experiences, e.g. during internships at Louise Amstrup, Iris van Herpen and Richard Nicoll, or even while working in the fashion business, this enabled me to get familiar with all skills and crafts necessary for the fashion industry, to finally kick off!

www.sarahknuepfer.com ///// sarahknuepfer@gmx.de ///// +31 61 654 67 11 ///// +49 179 71 99 456


> Sarah van Ours

A shift is taking place in the ‘world of menswear’. In the old days, mens fashion used to be as extravagant as the women’s. Nowadays, men are often expected to wear a standard suit when dressing up. However, the world of menswear is changing and I would like to contribute to that change, bringing back some of that old spark. Why shouldn’t men be able to wear something more distinctive?

My graduation collection finds it’s roots in the 1950s and 1990s, era’s that I love and believe to be very exciting. Apart from designing, illustrating is my big passion. The prints in my collection are hand painted and screen printed, inspired by Kurt Cobain and Jason Pollock. My designs are young with a classic twist. I want to make designs that are fun. Fun to wear and fun to show, because dressing up doesn’t mean dressing as everybody else does.

I am Sarah van Ours and I am excited to contribute to the change the world of menswear is going through.


> Tessa de Boer

I always feel inspired when I am surrounded by nature, I feel very peaceful and it’s a good place to process your thoughts.

At the same time I find myself getting creative when I am in a big city looking at people who dress very synthetic and look like they are almost made from plastic.

Nature vs. man is has been a reoccurring theme in my work, we can’t live with it and can’t live without it. My belief is we need to try and mix the two together and make nature more embedded in our lifestyle, this is why I decided to make my collection out of organic and recycled materials

My Collection Candy Compost was inspired by the rather innocent geometric fashion from the 60’s. Very important inspiration were A-line dresses with circle shaped cut-outs and use of circles in patterns for coats and jackets.

Next to this I was heavily influenced by 90’s club wear, crazy over-the-top outfits with almost a pornographic feel. 

This contradiction of innocent girlish fashion influenced by a very pornographic grown up style is one many contradictions in my work; ecological and recycled versus synthetic materials, fabric cut-outs combined with big volumes, round and organic shapes opposite linear and rectangular patterns, cover-ups and over-exposing. 

Sexuality is a strong theme in my collection, the women I admire are women who know what they want, who are sexually aggressive but never ever in a submissive way. 

Women with a very direct approach to their sexuality and their body, without it having anything to do with sex but with pride.


Vera Moerkens

My name is Vera Moerkens. I am fascinated by the old nobility and the nouveau riche. The chastity of the nobility forms the base of the shapes of my designs. The classic way of dressing of the nobility now a day fascinates me. This in comparison with the nouveau riche, with their flashy way of dressing. Showing off their wealth in almost a princess-like way. The few things that connect these two are oysters. I took the shapes of this object to experiment with. I started with rough, almost experimental drapings for the base, then I searched for very delicate and almost lingerie-like fabrics combined with classical embroideries done in a new way with new materials.

I loved the idea of the woman who could wear my designs, she is the daughter of the old nobility. In fact ‘she’ is the new way of dressing ‘rich’. My muse, the daughter, would wear old familypieces but then distorted and combined in a more modern way. 

Email: veramoerkens@live.nl
Telephone: +316 16 68 53 95


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