Above: Anke Muijsers
After watching the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague fashion graduates show their collections on the runway, ARTS THREAD went along to The Hague to see the garments up close and personal.
Tired of having to use the colour charts the industry prescribes, Anke Muijsers decided to create her own set of colours. Experimenting tirelessly, she hand painted each cloth, making the colours appear tangible and alive.
For her project Tegendraads, textile graduate Wies Preijde glued single threads, which were strained across a nail panel in a certain pattern, together into long strips of fabrics. Together the bands are used to divide spaces, but also create spaces.
Next door, Kelly Leever hung her colourful designs. Leever drew all the prints in her Ornare textile collection by hand before digitally scanning and colouring them.
Nikkie Wester’s textile collection was inspired by local cultures and customs. For her textile collection Stossen, she researched traditional Dutch costumes and reinvented them, producing thirty wearable pieces including scarves and hats.
Evelien van Pruissen knows a thing or two about Dutch history as well. She recreated an eighties Dutch living room, with a grand fireplace and table filled with china. The bare brick walls were decorated with pictures of herself growing up.
Miriam de Waard’s graduate collection was just as stunning on hangers as it was on the runway.The Lighting 2012 Award nominee received a grade 9 for her final project, and was presented with the accolade by Belgian fashion designer Veronique Branquinho, this year’s external industry judge for the Royal Academy.
Also up for an award is Hoi Man Cheung. During Amsterdam International Fashion Week she will compete against four ArtEZ graduates for the Frans Molenaar Award with her cool and collected designs, which are inspired by the book ‘Fashion at the Time of Fascism: Italian Modernist Lifestyle Between 1922 and 1943’. After winning the award, she hopes to return to London where she will study an MA at Central Saint Martins.
Read ARTS THREAD’s report on the Royal Academy of Arts runway show here.