Yvonne Kwok has been declared the winner of this year’s Lichting 2012 competition. Kwok was one of 14 fashion graduates who presented their collections at the G-Star RAW supported event to an audience of international fashion experts.
A graduate of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Kwok’s winning collection explores the affect the extreme pressure of the fashion industry can have on one’s mental wellbeing. Kwok used a patchwork of different textiles and materials to create her collection, combining cardboard with neoprene and strings in a mixture of colours.Tess Van Zalinge
Among the other graduates chosen to show their collections was fellow AMFI alumni Tess Van Zalinge. Using a rich colour palette full of yellows, deep purples, pinks, corals, blues and mint green, Zalinge created a collection that was both chaste and provocative.Sara Veenstra
The Great Depression served as the inspiration for Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht (HBO) graduate Sara Veenstra’s collection. Veenstra treated the issue of extreme poverty with a sense of romanticism, combining the natural, muted colours of her pieces with feathers and exuberant lingerie.Poul Brouwer
Rietveld Academy graduate Poul Brouwer used a Ken doll as a mannequin when creating his menswear collection. The garments feature a bold graphic print inspired by the shapes made by rain water running between tiles.Nadja Wering
Nadja Wering, a graduate from Willem de Kooning Academy combined bee wax, paper, metal and wool to create her abstract collection while Gerrit Rietveld Academy student Morta Griskeviciute used a variety of colours, prints, materials and textures to create living collages for her collection.Miriam de Waard/ David Laport/ Judith van Vliet
Miriam de Waard, David Laport and Judith van Vliet also competed for the top prize. Royal Academy of Art graduates Waard and Laport both showed strong collections full of plissés while Utrecth graduate Vliet chose to incorporate wood into her collection.Jef Montes/ Ilona Putkaradze/ Esther Kruyer
We loved the pieces in Jef Montes’ (ArtEz) collection which looked as if they had just been poured over the model’s body. In contrast, Willem de Kooning graduate Ilona Putkaradze presented a collection full of very sculptural pieces which made the models appear almost robot-like. ArtEz graduate Esther Kruyer’s collection was also a vision of the future, albeit a more kitsch, 1960s take on the future.
Finally, we have Dagmar Lindeijer (Utrecht School of the Arts) and Brian Geradts (Academy of fine Art, Zyud University). Dagmar drew inspiration from rural life in the Netherlands to create her collection while Brian is inspired by the dark, dramatic, oppressive, threatening and energetic atmosphere of volcano eruptions.
For more details on the competition and the collections, visit the Lichting website.