zondag 18 februari 2018

Zeeuws Museum X Das Leben am Haverkamp

Het Zeeuws Museum (Middelburg) is een intensieve samenwerking aangegaan met modeontwerperscollectief Das Leben am Haverkamp voor een complete herinrichting van de modezalen. De nieuwe inrichting, die te zien is vanaf 17 februari 2018, richt zich op waarnemen en doorgeven van verhalen en kennis over mensen en dingen die voorbij zijn. Voorwerpen die een nieuwe, jonge generatie niet herkent. Objecten die tot de verbeelding spreken en kennis die in de loop van de jaren is opgetekend of mond op mond is doorgegeven. Daardoor is deze ingekleurd en (anders) geïnterpreteerd.

Wat speelt er zich in je hoofd af als je naar een voorwerp kijkt? Een fascinerend proces voor elke museumbezoeker. Wat is het voor een ding, waarvoor dient het, hoe is het gemaakt, wie heeft het gemaakt, waarom is het hier op deze plek, in deze provincie? Of voor de meer poëtische bezoeker: wat doet een voorwerp met je, brengt het herinneringen terug, nieuwe beelden, geuren of dromen? Geeft het kennis of roept het nog meer vragen op? Is de waarneming doorspekt van heimwee of een visioen?

De verwondering over en het zelf interpreteren van lokale voorwerpen uit de collectie Streekdracht en Huisraad van het Zeeuws Museum fascineert Das Leben am Haverkamp. Het is de aanleiding voor het ontwikkelen van een nieuwe collectie kleding, accessoires en andere gebruiksvoorwerpen door dit Haagse ontwerperscollectief. Anouk van Klaveren, Dewi Bekker, Christa van der Meer en Gino Anthonisse gaven eerder dit jaar de bezoeker van het museum een opdracht ‘Geef ons van 40 willekeurige objecten uw omschrijving en wij geven u onze interpretatie terug’.

Doorgaans gebeurt de interpretatie ná het waarnemen van een collectiestuk. Nu is deze waarneming het startpunt van een nieuwe interpretatie. Das Leben am Haverkamp legt met dit waarnemingsspel en hun eigen collectie een brug tussen verleden en toekomst, tussen weten en fantaseren, tussen het beeld van jezelf of dat van de ander.

OVER DAS LEBEN AM HAVERKAMP
De vier ontwerpers – Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) en Gino Anthonisse (1988) – vormen sinds 2014 samen het collectief Das Leben am Haverkamp. Na hun studie aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag, richten de ontwerpers allen een individuele praktijk op. Ze opereren op het snijvlak van verschillende kunstdisciplines en creëren samen de benodigde context voor hun ongepolijste hersenspinsels en onconventionele benadering van mode. Zo vormen zij een front in het huidige landschap van mode en design. Onontgonnen terrein wordt verkend tijdens de inventieve presentaties en performances. Dit resulteerde in spraakmakende projecten zoals Gefelicifashion, Quirky Cruise en Bravado - A pretentious, swaggering display of courage. Voor de laatstgenoemde ontving het collectief in oktober 2017 een Dutch Design award in de categorie Fashion, naast ook genomineerd te zijn in de categorie Young Designer.

Projecten van de vier zijn te zien geweest tijdens onder andere Salone del Mobile in Milaan, London Fashion Showcase, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Boom city in Chengdu in China, Dutch Design Week en als openingsshow van Amsterdam FashionWeek.

https://www.zeeuwsmuseum.nl

www.daslebenamhaverkamp.com
Animaties: Studio Lennarts & De Bruijn



dinsdag 6 februari 2018

KOORKAPPEN Project

KOORKAPPEN Project (Chior robes project)
In cooperation with Heiligdomsvaart Maastricht 2018

In 2011, FASHIONCLASH presented the ‘Fashion Procession’ project in cooperation with Heiligdomsvaart Maastricht. In this Fashion Procession models showed the designs inspired by liturgical garments in a parade through the city of Maastricht and accompanied by live music. 7 years later, a brand new project KOORKAPPEN is initiated and will be presented with a Fashion Procession in May 2018, followed by an exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum during the 10th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival.
Nowadays, when we look at the city of Maastricht we are still confronted with its catholic identity on every corner. The tires between the church and Maastricht’ society are becoming more and more loose, but the catholic ‘culture pattern’ in the city continues to exist. The identity of the city as a religious center and pilgrim city is still alive. The ‘Rich Roman life’, the beauty and splendor, the processions and liturgical robes are still there. Half a century ago, the people of Maastricht were part of the Heiligdomsvaart celebration and they were actively involved from their personal religious conviction. The two previous editions (2004, 2011) were more ‘watch festivities’ for the majority of the population and the occasional visitors. Nowadays, it is mainly a celebration of cultural heritage.

That is exactly the starting point for the KOORKAPPEN (choir robes) project, a cooperation between FASHIONCLASH and Heligdomsvaart Maastricht. Designers are invited to create a new design inspired by the historical choir robes and their meaning. The basilica of Saint Servaas is in possession of a number of very beautiful 18th century choir robes made of rich fabrics, decorated with the most precious materials and often with beautiful embroidery depicting religious representations. Choir robes have been worn through the ages by priests who preside over the service and carry their mercy to the people in word and thought.

Especially for the designers in this project the basilica of Saint Servaas will reveal these treasures so they can serve as inspiration? For this, each designer was assigned one of the choir robes as a source of inspiration. How does the new generation look at a traditional and religious subject?



The KOORKAPPEN Project will be shown on Sunday the 6th of May by means of a Fashion Process in the city centre and then exhibited during the FASHIONCLASH Festival in the Bonnefantenmuseum. In this exhibition, the original 18th century robes will be presented alongside the new designs.

Participating designers: Marlou Breuls, Ebby Port, Laurie Bessems, Tiel Janssen, Lise van Wetten, Bregje Cox, Jolieke Kessels, Karlijn Krijger, Iris Cleassens, Mona Steinhauser, Julia Aumann

Heiligdomsvaart takes place once in 7 years. This year, the 55th edition will take place. The first went through Maastricht in 1391, the last in 2011. In a sanctuary procession relics (clothing, objects or remains) of the saints are presented to the people. Heiligdomsvaart Maastricht is the most famous in the Netherlands and attracts many visitors.

For more info: www.heiligdomsvaartmaastricht.nl

maandag 29 januari 2018

THE NRW DESIGN ISSUE / TNRWDI - Düsseldorf

TNRWDI - THE NRW DESIGN ISSUE 
Katharina Beilstein
Last weekend FASHIONCLASH / Forza Fashion House  visited TNRWDI DESIGN ISSUE in Düsseldorf.  A brand-new concept, created by NRW Forum aiming to connect fashion design and art scene in  North Rhine-Westphalia.

The event took place parallel to the PLATFORM FASHION and SUPREME and GLLERY trade shows, showcasing Düsseldorf as a potential fashion city.

The visit started with a nice welcome at the Supreme Group Trade Fair. Followed by a walk through the cities up-and-coming neighborhood where several art galleries are located. For the occasion of the TNRWDI event several galleries provided platform for contemporary emerging designers.

We had a pleasure to encounter talented Maryvonne Wellen Jewelry, Katharina Beilstein, Second.Skin.Studio and Opaak. Further in the evening the program continued at the impressive area. Areal Böhler, the location for this order platform in Düsseldorf, is the ideal venue to present all segments – Agencies & Premium Brands, Avantgarde, Design & Contemporary, Accessories as well as evening wear.
The evening concluded with the TNRWDI CATWALK show featuring local designers Strehlow, MIAKI KOMURO, Marianna Déri, JEN MM Design by Jennifer Moica, Machart Manufakture, Peter O. Mahler.

 For more information: www.tnrwdi.de

 Please take a look at some impressions below.

woensdag 17 januari 2018

Ebby Port x KALTBLUT Magazine

Dutch designer Ebby Port has won the KALTBLUT Magazine Talent Award 2017 during FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017 edition. Thanks to KALTBLUT Magazine, Ebby has been invited to present her collection in Berlin during Berlin Fashion Week where she gave showed her collection with a presentation and a showroom at Studio183.
http://www.ebbyport.com

donderdag 11 januari 2018

Open Call For Entries for Fashion My Religion!

Fashion My Religion! The 10th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival 15 – 17 June, Maastricht 


FASHIONCLASH presents Fashion My Religion! (FMR), the 10th edition of the international & interdisciplinary fashion festival in Maastricht. During this three-day festival over more than 100 emerging designers and (performing)artists from all over the world get the opportunity to show their work to a diverse, international audience. The multidisciplinary program contains fashion shows/presentations, exhibitions, installations, awards, fashion theatre and dance performances.

The overarching theme of the festival is “Fashion My Religion!” (read ‘fashion’ as a verb). The encounter between fashion and religion is not new. For decades, fashion has frequently drawn inspiration from the religious idiom and its decorative splendour. Both from purely aesthetic motives and from substantive critique. “Fashion My Religion!” explains fashion to a religion and investigates whether fashion can serve as a place of reflection and a guideline in the quest for a meaningful existence.
“Fashion My Religion!” places the designers, the industry and the audience in a clashing field; fashion vs religion or in other words, modernity and tradition. We look at the usual approach to the topic of ‘fashion and religion’ and focus the research on the cultural, anthropological, political relation with religion in the todays world. We set the old, absolute truths opposite the fluid truths of this time by addressing burning social issues such as new feminism, gender equality and human rights. Using the art of fashion design, we dissect the changing awareness around our relationship with our environment to create new narratives and approaches around the subject of “fashion and religion”. Can we rethink the way we see the values, norms and rules related to religions and create a more inclusive world, without proclaiming a value about religion?

The rise of fashion is one of the decisive events in the world history, because it indicated which direction modernity is going. Fashion contains an essential feature of modernity: discarding traditions. Fashion is irrational, fashion is a change because of change. Can fashion be the material expression of a meaningful existence, without losing its dynamic character? May we speculate that fashion will no longer be irrational. Fashion as a guide in life, because it teaches us to live in a world where everything is constantly changing and can be the playfield where we can discover ourselves.

Fashion exists beyond static garments, and has a necessitated relationship with the wearer and its body. In a time where fashion has arguably stagnated it seems more urgent than ever that fashion is placed in a context that forces you to question its true value. Fashion My Religion! is an appeal to the new generation of designers and artists to fight for the right of the existence of fashion! Rebel! Research and express the inner value of fashion and spread it out. Out of love for your art, make fashion as your religion where there is attention to nature, well-being, tolerance and equality.

With the 10th anniversary of the festival, FASHIONCLASH aims to empower, use and celebrate the strength of fashion by sending out the massage to the designers and the audience to look at the immaterial value of fashion as an artistic discipline. To use fashion as an instrument to actually contribute in the debates related to ecological, human- and social issues in our society. Fashion as a second skin tells your environment what relationship you want to have with it and simultaneously shows you what your heart beats for.

 “Everyone is an icon – that reflects the divine in you. You are an incarnation, bringing divine into the material world.”

 More information about the festival and how to submit your work: http://fashionclash.nl/open-call-for-entries/

donderdag 30 november 2017

Fashion Talent Design Competition at Serbia Fashion Week

winner FTDC Iva Kujundžić
One of the highlights at the 9th of Serbia Fashion Week is the young designers contest. Finalists of the Fashion Talent Design Competitions, the FTDC and EFTDC, presented their collections.  Iva Kujundžić, the winner of the FTDC, the national talent category wins participation at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018, Igor Lukić winner of EFTDC wins presentation at Serbia Fashion Week.

Taking place in Novi Sad, Serbia Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events in Eastern Europe. each edition designers from all over the world are showing alongside national designers. The event takes place from 20 - 27 November in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia's second largest city in the Vojvodina region. Novi Sad is elected to be European Capital of Culture in 2021. Since few years FASHIONCLASH collaborates with Serbia Fashion Week by means of exchanging designers.

http://serbiafashionweek.com

zaterdag 25 november 2017

Reflections on the FASHIONCLASH Fashion Film Festival

The first edition of FASHIONCLASH FASHION FILM FESTIVAL took place from 3 – 5 November in Maastricht.
FFFF was the first international film festival in the Netherlands dedicated to fashion film.
The 3-day program contained screenings with a selection of more than 60 short fashion films from all over the world. The program kicked off with several avant premieres at de Bijenkorf, followed by the screening of the ‘We Margiela’ documentary. On Saturday, there were inspiring workshops by Canon and Pascal Baillien, various screenings and award ceremony at Lumière Cinema. In addition, an exhibition was presented in cooperation with AKATAK Studio.

FFFF showcased both emerging and established international filmmakers and designers who experiment with the genre. The program contained several premiere screenings such as ‘Kill Your Darlings’ by Maarten van Mulken and Pascal Baillien, Dance a Measure by Studio Selvedge & Project Sally Maastricht and MARTAN by Daan Groot and Martan. Being the first fashion film festival in the Netherlands, there was a special focus on Dutch fashion films.

By organizing this festival, FASHIONCLASH concluded that this genre is rather unknown in the Netherlands, not only to the broad audience but also to the professionals. There is so much to be gained. Projects like the Act! Cut! Play, workshops and meetings around the genre are very important to share knowledge and especially to stimulate new collaborations. The film as a medium lends itself very well to interdisciplinary collaborations, and considering the fact that there are many high-profile academies in the Netherlands the potential is there for grabs.


During the festival Amsterdam Fashion Tv live streamed interviews with speakers, participants and jury. A selection of short interviews and reflections can be seen here: youtube.com/user/Amsterdamfashiontv/videos

The level of the selection is high, a very varied selection from documentary style movies to much more visual feasts; sometimes narrative based, sometimes purely visual. What makes this festival special is the blend between conceptual relevance and the fact that it is very international. The openness of the festival is something that FC started in the first place. It is inclusive to people from different backgrounds and a platform for young talents. The film festival is an extension of what FC stands for.' - Philippe Pourhashemi.

The intimate structure of the festival seemed an ideal format for interaction between the public, professionals and participants. In addition to the screenings there was room to talk about the films, but it was noticeable that the 'genre' was mainly discussed. The members of the audience (professionals and general audience) where engaging in the conversations such as What is a fashion film? What are the possibilities of the fashion film? The composition of the film showed how unthinkable many possibilities the genre encompasses. Between the conversations with the audience we concluded huge interest in the medium, in particular young designers and theatre makers seem willing and ready to take on. The challenge is, how do you start a fashion film project? In that matter, making a fashion film is not very much different from making a film in general. As a platform, we felt the importance to provide the stage for 'fashion film' in the Netherlands. Already the questions was asked when the next edition will take place?

Specifically, the program consisted of two Fashion Talks, both moderated by Niccolo Montanari, an international expert in the field of fashion film. Niccolo travels around the world and visits fashion film festival, advises filmmakers and brands. Both talks were accessible to a wide audience.

One of the highlights of the festival was the State of Fashion Film Talk . An inspiring discussion on the state of the fashion film, experiences and future speculations. The speakers of the panel where Kathryn Ferguson (film maker, director), Marie Schuller (film maker, photographer), Raquel Couceiro (head of fashion film Showstudio), Ditte Marie Lund (director Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival).

It was striking that the conclusion was unanimous that the genre can not be captured in a definition and a specific format and that this fact makes the genre so interesting and attractive. The technological developments of the internet, digitalisation of fashion and the development of the film industry go hand in hand with developments in fashion. The fashion film is the perfect genre to give shape to these developments.
'It is exiting time for film directors, a selection of which we have seen at FFFF, we see especially that the young European fashion film that is pushing the genre. Lot of fashion films are copying the format, I am looking for ways to push the boundaries.' - Marie Schuller

'As the internet changes, fashion film will change. New techologies will play a large part and the genre is changing rapidly alongside the technological developments.' - Kathryn Ferguson

'In addition to the screening there were interesting panels. I especially enjoyed the panel moderated by Niccolo Montanari with Kathryn Ferguson, Ditte Mariel, Marie Schuller, Raquel Couceiro on the state of fashion film and how you define a fashion film, in the end…you don’t. - Diane Pernet


Niccolo Montanari also modertated the Act! Cut! Play! Screening and talk.
Act! Cut! Play! is an interdisciplinary talent development project with the ambition to lift the quality of fashion films to a higher level. Four teams existing of a designer, theatre maker, and filmmaker were challenged to work together to investigate the possibilities and boundaries of their disciplines and the provided ‘format’ of the fashion film.

'This was a great first edition, a great beginning. The genre has developed over the last 5 to 10 years. FASHIONCLASH has given the genre its own and unique spin.'- Niccolò Montanari

Read Niccolo's reflections on Act!Cut!Play! project: http://fashionclash-festival.blogspot.nl/2018/02/being-aware-fashion-film-retrospective.html

Award Ceremony
On Saturday evening the award ceremony concluded the festival with the announcement of nominees and winners. The winners were decided by the jury panel members; Diane Pernet (ASVOFF), Leendert Sonnevelt (editor-in-chief, Glamcult), Marcel Schlutt (editor-in-chief KALTBLUT Magazine), Michael Daks (photographer, director), Richard Dols (director DocFest).

And the winners were:
- Best Fashion Film: A Hommage to David Bowie in Sound and Vision, CANADA
- Best Dutch Fashion Film: iii, Femke Huurdeman, Suze Milius, Marie-Sophie Beinke
- Best Emerging Talent: Parallel Pyramid Platform, Daniel van Hauten, Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck, Emmanuel A. Ryngaert
- FASHIONCLASH One-to-watch: Burning Oceans into Deserts, Emma Westenberg for Hardeman '

vrijdag 24 november 2017

Maarten van Mulken - Serbia Fashion Week

Dutch fashion talent, Maastricht based designer Maarten van Mulken has been invited to represent to represent FASHIONCLASH Festival at Serbia Fashion Week.
Maarten showed his collection 'Kill Your Darlings' that he presented at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017 edition.
"They call deleting ideas ‘killing your darlings’, but often good ideas are being cancelled instead of the weakest. The general idea is getting dumbed-down to make it more commercial and gain more money. This to me refers to fashion being dead, because it’s all about just selling as much as possible these days.
Fashion to me is not dead, it just needs to change into a new form and people need to be encouraged to pursue their ideals/ideas instead of killing them."
Taking place in Novi Sad, Serbia Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events in Eastern Europe. each edition designers from all over the world are showing alongside national designers. The event takes place from 20 - 27 November in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia's second largest city in the Vojvodina region. Novi Sad is elected to be European Capital of Culture in 2021. Since few years FASHIONCLASH collaborates with Serbia Fashion Week by means of exchanging designers. http://serbiafashionweek.com

woensdag 15 november 2017

Being Aware - A Fashion Film Retrospective

Being Aware - A Fashion Film Retrospective 
By Niccolò Montanari - Fashion Film and Video Consultant

 “Agreeing on a vision does not mean compromising on quality in order to please everyone.”"

Over the past ten years we have seen a rapid growth of platforms catering for the fashion film genre. This term seems to have brought together all that video content with a strong emphasis on style that goes beyond being a moving lookbook or a behind-the-scenes.
Though people may differ in defining fashion film, what makes this genre is different creative industries working together, such as fashion, film and adver- tising, to deliver emotionally compelling and engaging video content.

 
Act! Cut! Play! was a project conceived as a way to develop and explore the relationship between several creative disciplines. “Fashion, film and theatre have come together on equal terms to deliver examples of how we can raise the quality and creativity of the fashion film genre”, explained Branko Popovic, FASHIONCLASH co-director and Act! Cut! Play! partner. Three teams formed by a fashion designer, a film director and theatre maker produced three unique pieces of video content that challenge the traditional approach to fashion film. Here’s what I have learnt after speaking to them.
Each film handled the portrayal of fashion in a completely different way. Both Your Approval Is Not Essential as well as The Parallel Pyramid Platform have fashion play an almost supporting role. The former places narrative at the centre, with fashion there to impact visually on the storyline. The latter on the other hand looks at fashion not as clothing, but rather as a tool to define, divide and group people together. The third film - iii - fits more within the traditional view of fashion film. Strong aesthetics play the leading role here, with narrative helping shape the message behind the film. Although the result is three very different fashion films, there are some shared key takeaways from the teams involved.
Though the definition of fashion film is yet to be agreed on, the overall vision of what is being produced should be aligned from the very beginning. The focus should be on deciding how the different disciplines interact with one another, whether any of them take the lead or are there to support and provide visual impact to the narrative. The aim isn’t to stand out as the main discipline, but rather to determine the correct formula to bring the vision to life.

Niccolò Montanari
Agreeing on a vision does not mean compromising on quality in order to please everyone. It means understanding the fundamental creative and visual principles shared by all and building from there. Being able to trust in each other’s talent and having an awareness of how each discipline works allows for the contributors to think differently about their own way of working. As a result, this will lead to a unique and innovative production that will most likely not fit within a conventional film category. Understanding where the story lies is a vital step in the creation of valuable video content. With film generally functioning as a storytelling canvas, disciplines such as fashion and theatre become the tools to bring the story to life. Even though each discipline comes with its own narrative, the aim is to work backwards and transport the overall agreed narrative into each discipline and work with it accordingly. Fashion film is a young genre, for which rules are yet to be defined.

Act! Cut! Play! succeeded in having us explore and question our general approach to fashion film. Rather than films about fashion, adverts or a series of striking visuals, we have seen what can be achie - ved by approaching fashion film as the union of several creative disciplines. This fresh perspective should be used as a stepping stone to explore this genre through other creatives fields, such as music, dance, illustration or architecture. By agreeing on a vision, and gaining a deeper understanding of each other’s as well as our own expertise, fashion film has the potential to become an excellent tool for the creative industries looking to innovate with video content in the digital era.

zondag 12 november 2017

Groeten uit Maastricht Exhibition

Greetings from Maastricht: a look at innovative entrepreneurship

Starting on 11 November until 7 January, you can visit the restored Eiffel building and step into the world of Maastricht’s makers. Rediscover the history of the oldest industrial city in the Netherlands. Take a look behind the scenes at Maastricht’s leading production companies and marvel at the products and services that are putting Maastricht on the global map. Join these entrepreneurs who speak passionately about their companies, about the opportunities and challenges, the renewal, and the innovation. The expo is open to entrepreneurs and professionals, job seekers, students, and, of course, all of Maastricht’s many residents and visitors!

FASHIONCLASH is featured in the exhibition module 'Ondernemende Ontwerpers' (enterprising designers). In this installation FASHIONCLASH is presented with its main creative partners, Studio Stad (spatial design) and Studio Noto (graphic design and visual identity). Together these disciplines shape the platform that is offered with FASHIONCLASH Festival. -> program

http://groetenuitmaastricht.nl

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