donderdag 25 februari 2016


FASHIONCLASH teams up with DS Automobiles

DS: a brand new French luxury brand with heritage…

A French brand born in Paris, DS was officially founded on 1 June 2014. Its stated ambition is to revive the tradition of premium vehicles in the French automotive industry. Drawing on the very best of French know-how, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS range now comprises the New DS 3, New DS 3 Cabrio, New DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback and last but not least New DS 5 that you will see the 2016 edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival. The DS range stands out with exceptional styling, sensations and refinement down to the last detail, together with premium materials and advanced technology.

maandag 15 februari 2016

Common Carnaval Maastricht

On February 7th Common Carnaval project took part of the official Carnaval Maastricht parade. This was truly an unforgettable experience where the true meaning of Carnaval was brought to daylight under thousands of people who cheered along the parade.
FASHIONCLASH took part at the project, mostly helping development of costumes with the fashion designer Ebby Port. The outcome was a splendid colorful clash material representing various cultures of the world.

Carnaval is one of (if not) the most powerful rituals known to our city. Maastricht cherishes its customs. Both old and new traditions exist right next to one another. It's all a matter of giving each other space. This is what makes Maastricht a good city to live in, to live life in and to visit.
 'Carnaval' is one of the oldest of these traditions. The ritual that culminates in the days of the carnaval festival is built from a wide variety of events: Gatherings of people, in large or small numbers, even when 'Vastelaovend' (the Limburgian name for Carnaval) is still just a date on the calendar we look forward to. Creating costumes, building a float, playing music, having food and drinks. We do all of these things together, as a group.
The theme of the Maastrichtian Vastelaovend is to connect, through ‘Plezeer & Sjariteit’, through fun and charity.
‘Common Carnaval’ is a project by, for and with citizens of Maastricht, those born to the city as well as refugees and newcomers. The refugees haven't just left their city, village or home. When they fled they had to leave the belongings, the moments, and the locations that shaped their every day life behind. They also left their shared rituals: the celebrations they shared with family, friends, neighborhoods, cities or even an entire country.
One of the pillars of the 'Mestreechter Geis', the pride of any Maastrichtian, is the tolerant way of life.

This is why Common Carnaval was initiated as a wholehearted welcome for all refugees.
"We want to meet them, help them participate, and make them feel included in our community.We can do this by sharing our rituals bound to the Carnaval with them. By inviting them to create costumes together, by building objects and a float together, and by taking part in the parade together."

Core value of celebrating Carnaval is questioning society and every one's social role in a humorous, curious, and respectful manner. Therefore a temporary Carnaval's Society was formed, a union that was led by a refugee-Prince (Ali from Syria) and a Princess Carlene who is 'ein vaan us' (Limburgian: one of us, referring to the people who speak the Maastricht dialect). The traditional ‘Council of eleven' leading, consisted of a number of young Maastrichtians, some young artists and a few young refugees or asylum seekers.
During the preparation fase this council tried to connect all inhabitants of Maastricht through the use of mild humor. In the meantime the project received major media attention throughout the country offering a platform for a positive dialogue of intergration.

Origin of Common Carnaval 
The very first draft of the idea to build a float came into being at Zuyd Hogeschool: iArts students named Tess Elschot, Jasper Wüller, Gerold Sewcharan, Raki Eckstein-Kovacs worked on a project adressing the current issue of refugees under the guidance of music theater company 'Het Geluid Maastricht' . After a conversation with 'de Tempeleers' and after receiving a letter of recommendation from mayor Annemarie Penn - Te Strake, 'Het Geluid Maastricht' and 'Bureau Europa' have thought about how to apply the project citywide by attracting multiple partners. Furthermore they embraced the idea of 'commoning', to put development and production processes in the hands of a communal network in order to use a collective way of working where civilians and professional organisations provide added value towards society as a whole. The goal here is to stimulate an increasing level of social involvement. In a project that connects societal, performative and designpractices.

Common  Carnaval is made possible by:
Stichting Elisabeth Strouven Stichting Kanunnik Salden Nieuwenhof, iArts Maastricht, Not Just A Number, Het Geluid Maastricht, FASHIONCLASH, Dear Hunter, COA, Bureau Europa, HS Zuyd, Tout Maastricht, Code 043, Gemeente Maastricht, Studio Noto

All pictures are by Jonathan Vos

Haute-à-Porter at Modemuseum Hasselt

Haute-à-Porter: From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016 Modemuseum Hasselt presents ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by Filep Motwary, known for his costume design, journalistic activities and photography.
Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter? The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high-end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.

Participant designers and houses: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Kenzo, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Jil Sander, Viktor & Rolf, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille...

Photographers and artists presented in the exhibition: Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Iris Van Dongen, Koen Vanmechelen, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Bill Georgoussis, Tim Richardson, Matthew Brookes...

The scenography of the exhibition is by Lien Wauters

The collection of the Modemuseum Hasselt (Fashion Museum Hasselt) counts over 17,000 (1750s till today) items ranging from clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories to undergarments. The collection policy is aimed at acquiring and conserving historical pieces of clothing as well as items from contemporary designers. The Fashion Museum Hasselt presents exhibitions that focus on a certain designer, technique or period; or on crossovers between fashion and other art forms. Internationally acclaimed exhibitions were In Her Shoes, UltraMegaLore, Devout/Divine – Fashion vs. Religion, Axelle Red – Fashion Victim and Hello, My Name is Paul Smith.

Filep Motwary started his career at the Greek editions of Vogue and L'Officiel in early 2000. He then worked for fashion houses such as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe. Today he is Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine and has interviewed more than 200 fashion pioneers. Among others, he photographs for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar,, Giambatista Valli, Hyeres Festival, Christian Louboutin. His blog Un nouVeau iDeal (2004-2015) was listed in "The world's top fashion blogs" in 2011 by Susie Bubble and William Oliver. He is still active as a costume designer and he is the founder of The Kinsky.

Fashion & Dance at Cinedans Festival in Amsterdam

13th edition of the world’s leading international dance film festival, at the EYE in Amsterdam Cinedans – Dance on Screen will run from 16 to 20 March 2016.

FASHIONCLASH co-curated a program with short films where fashion and dance are flirting with each other.
FASHIONCLASH designer Judith van Vliet designed the costumes for the campaign of the 13th edition.

Held in the EYE film museum in Amsterdam, it is the largest and most diverse dance film festival in the world. Over the course of five days Cinedans will present the very best international dance films, documentaries and installations. Besides the short films, we’ll be screening the very impressive filmed performance of JOHN (Lloyd Newson’s final production with DV8 Physical Theatre) alongside documentaries such as Jaap Flier – Solist and Thin Skin, a film about choreographer Marco Goecke. And Cinedans will also be hosting the Dutch premiere of Wim Vandekeybus’ debut feature film Galloping Mind.

vrijdag 12 februari 2016

FASHIONCLASH designers in HUF Magazine

Work of FASHIONCLASH Festival designers featured in an editorial for HUF magazine February edition.

In one of the images Tabula Rasa project costume is used, designed by Mieke Kockelkorn for the Spectrum performance that is choreographed by Martin Harriague.
Other featured designers are Minou Lejeune and Bluedenîmes.

Photography: Marta Musial
Styling: Roz Van Vensen
Model: Marne van Opstal
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