Dutch Design Week may be over, but there is still a chance to go along and visit Modebelofte, one of our favourites from the creative festival. Presented by De Krabbedans, the show (which is now open until the 20th of November) features the work of some of the most promising graduates from various Dutch and Flemish art academies, brought to life in a tableau vivant by Bart Hess.
All 12 of the exhibiting designers were hand-picked by fashion consultant Carlo Wijnands who spotted them at their respective graduate fashion shows at academies including ArtEZ Arnhem, WdKA Rotterdam and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
We really liked Academy of Fine Art Maastricht graduate Anne Kathrin Bannier’s garment taken from her ‘Danse Macabre’ collection which featured some incredible pleating on the shoulders. 2011 has been a great year for Anne, with her collection being shown at the Lichting G-Star RAW Talent Awards in the summer.
Each ‘living mannequin’ was styled exceptionally well, with many pieces from different designers being mixed and matched together perfectly. We loved the combination of Esther Boskaljon’s (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) black cape with fellow alumni Nicolaas Hein’s yellow polka-dot trousers and the juxtaposition of Nanda van de Hoek’s (WdKA Rotterdam) crayon coloured skirt with Linda de Jong’s simple top.
ArtEZ Arnhem graduate Mattia Akkermans showed examples from her ‘Paradoxical Intuition’ collection and Natalie de Koning (HKU Utrecht) presented two outfits from her graduate collection ‘Αυθεντες’.
Modebelofte runs from 22nd October – 20th November 2011 at de Krabbedans, Clausplein 10, 5611XP Eindhoven
Exhibition photography by Lieke van Wijck