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fashioncl ash m a astricht manifesto/Brochure/Program ~

clash cht fashionclash maastricht june 27- july 05 2009



fashioncl ash m a astricht manifesto/Brochure/Program ~

welcome, to fashionclash maastricht 2009 ~ + interviews + participants + schedule + the clash project +

Âťthis is FASHIONCLASH first maastricht maastricht fashion EVENT/new, 2009ÂŤ young + ~ fresh/talent/established/avantgardism, haute couture + streetwear/ multi-disciplinary/arts, photography, illustration, video, textile + product design/ spectactular/Graduation show ABK maastricht/exchange/visionary/International/everything/all together/+


fashioncl ash ~brochu re


Introduction to FASHIONCLASH, p. 5


Interview —the people behind FASHIONCLASH, p. 6-9


Participants fashion shows, p. 10-26


The program, centerfold


Interview —Rita Suers, head of the fashion department Art Academy Maastricht, p. 28-31


Participants exhibition, p. 32-41


clash-project, interview Matylda krzykowski & participants p. 42-47


introduction to fashioncl ash

“To create a clash with fashion as a starting point”


ASHIONCLASH is a foundation initiated by Nawie Kuiper, Branko Popovic and Els Petit, all graduated on the fashion department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. The source of their collaboration lies in a developing project in the slums of Fortaleza, Brazil. 10 Dutch designers worked with 10 Brazilian designers and the sewers from the local clothing company Palmas Fashion. They were closely followed by a camera crew and a photographer. Although every discipline operated independently, they were bound by the same goal: To give, through cultural and creative collaboration, the perspective of employment and prosperity in Palmeires, one of the slums of Fortaleza a new impulse. Back in Holland Nawie, Els and Branko felt the need to share their story and with help from DSM they realised the FASHIONCLASH BRAZIL exhibition. But it didn’t end there. In the years after the exhibition the initiators of FASHIONCLASH worked together in several projects such as the organisation of the graduation show of the art academy in Maastricht and the “chemistry by night event”. Their social engagement and their experience of working together finally brought them to create the FASHIONCLASH foundation. By organising fashion projects FASHIONCLASH foundation aims to stimulate collective work and to create a platform for ‘young’ fashion designers and artists. But the main purpose of FASHIONCLASH is to create a ‘clash’ with ‘fashion’ as a starting point. Now, with the help of colleagues, politicians, companies, fellow artists and dear friends, they are proud to introduce a new clash: FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT. Before you lies a catalogue, a book full of short stories behind talented people and their inspiring work. It ‘s a guide for the many artistic clashes you will witness on and off the catwalk in Maastricht. Branko, Els and Nawie hope u will enjoy the FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT as much as they had realizing it.


interview I

people behind fashioncl ash. The need to inspire each other

foto: Valentina Vos






grow, become more professional, show our own collections, build up a strong network around us, a strong business. We give each other space to think, to speak, and to change our minds.

Branko: the main goal of FASHIONCLASH is to bring people together and stimulate creativity. It can mean something to anyone, as well the designers as the artists as the audience. It already stimulated designers to create new work. Because the three of us are also young designers who just started we know how hard it can be.

Nawie: An event like fashionclash bridges the gap between audience and designers. Fashion is actually one of the art forms best suited as a bridge between audience and art. Fashion makes art accessible.

Els: to me personally, it’s a dream come true, and much sooner then I expected. It ‘s my dream to work in a collective with Nawie and Branko, to create a platform where we can learn from each other,

Els: Fashionclash is a possibility for students here to meet the professional world around the corner. It’s not just giving a show. It’s a way to get in contact with fellow artists. A way to shape their future. >>


interview I

What have you discovered about your profession, fashion in Maastricht and the region, and fashion in general while organizing FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT? Nawie: There is a need for FASHIONCLASH! Many designers want to present their work, but do not have the means. Els: I discovered that a well thought-out plan, although slightly different from the mainstream events, is much appreciated by the fashion world, and received with attention and enthusiasm. Its just super when a relatively unknown designer subscribes with wonderful work. It enriches us all.

There are so many ways in which you can approach fashion. It’s really great to get to know all the participants of FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT, to go trough their applications, biographies, and portfolios. Branko:

: In the Euregio there is a gap between the designers. I often miss the collaboration and the possibility to meet each other and talk about our speciality. Nawie

What has personally inspired you to start FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT? Els: I find it frustrating to see so many young designers working in shops, not having the time to work out a whole collection. Not having a motivating event such as fashionclash in the region. I want to provoke these designers to go back to their own work. And I love organizing.  Nawie:

just the need to inspire each other. >>

“I want to provoke these designers to go back to their own work” Els Petit

Branko Popovic and the brazilian fashion designer’s working together on a project.

Foto: Lisa Klappe 9

interview I

people behind fashioncl ash. The need to inspire each other

There are many things that inspire me. I have experienced through collaborations with other people that many things can be achieved. The project in Brazil gave me so much energy and motivation that even after few years it still gives energy. I want to experience great things and share it with others. The three of us are truly socially engaged and after several projects that we did together it was a logical choice to launch FASHIONCLASH.


and downs and it amazes me how we are dealing with it. I’m really proud of Nawie, Els and myself. What also amazes me while working on fashionclash are all the people we meet along the way. Nawie: It amazes me that so many young quality designers are left unseen!

What’s the surplus of your collaboration with other disciplines? to me it’s pure Energy! It makes me strive to become a better designer. Better and better! Makes me hungry and gives me strength. Alone I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing right now. It’s much more fun to share!


What amazes you while working on FASHIONCLASH? Nawie: I didn’t expect there’d be so much response and interest from outside the region. Els: That it is actually happening. In working on fashionclash we keep close to ourselves, make difficult decisions, and suddenly you can buy tickets for the event. Very surreal, but great! Branko: The organization of FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT is a lot of work, but it’s really fun most of the time. It is a journey with ups

Branko: For the last few years I have been designing costumes for theatre and dance plays, I have organized fashion shows, coorganized several ‘fashion’ projects, initiated artists collective Maasterclass, and developed autonomous artworks. For a while I was confused about what I am, what is my profession? Now I’m enjoying the recognition that I’m a multi-disciplined artist.  >>

skylines. — Maastricht, the Netherlands Fortaleza, Brazil


interview I

“Let’s see what the outcome will be. We have to see where it will bring us. I hope that FASHIONCLASH can grow into a foundation that inspires..” Branko Popoviç

Els: Especially the collaboration between different disciplines makes me more at ease in my own profession and more self assure. Maybe because you see so many people at work, working in their own time and manner. It broadens my horizon.

It motivates me to do more and more and more.

let’s first see what the outcome of this first edition of the event in Maastricht will be. We have to see where it will bring us. I hope that FASHIONCLASH can grow into a foundation that inspires and brings together designers, artists, cultures and ideas. ~ Branko:


What does FASHIONCLASH look like in five years? Els: It’s still there and it’s a place where people can meet fashion as an (not season bound) object of art.

Don’t know. That’s not very interesting. Don’t think too much just do. There is so much talk and so little is being done.


The FASHIONCLASH-team was interviewed by Joost Horward. 11


participiants fashion show

— This year’s Art Academy Maastricht fashion show is taking place within the framework of FASHIONCLASH and includes: 2nd and 3rd year works and the graduation collections.

“I made this for my mother.” Title of the show ~

Bregje cox

— Collection name: Abuse of power comes as no surprise

Mar jolein Stefens — Collection name: DELTA

Heidi M auer

— Collection name: Fallschirmmädchen

K ai Salomon



K athrin Weiser — Collection name: INSOMNIA


H jordis Orbons

— Collection name: Oh my Rainbow

Janina Mü ller

— Collection name: La Mission de Jeanne d’Arc

Robin Br ands

— Collection name: ‘STOP MAKING SENSE’

Linda Friesen

— Collection name: Tea Injection

Naomi Nagelkerken — Collection name: La vie en rose

Daisy Ba x

— Collection name: Arman


participiants fashion show


— All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

The complete lineup. Here you can find all background information about the participants and their presented works. ~

Angelo van Mol — (Antwerp, Belgium)

Angelo is currently studying at the royal academy of fine arts in Antwerp. The collection is about evening wear combined with sportswear with a touch of ethnic influences. high attention ‘s pointed towards fabric choices and color combinations. The name of the collection is “WE ARE” and is meant to be for the nowadays youth, as we are. Contact: —

Barbar a Repole & sebastien pescarollo —

(Brussels, Belgium)

I come from Belgium, I am 27 years old and I graduated from La Haute Ecole Fransisco Ferrer in Brussels in 2003. Working as a fashion designer for different brands, I also realised my own collection “INFANTASY”. A collection which takes inspiration from baby clothes. I make a women’s wear collection by recycling baby clothes in assembly or applications. Currently , I work on a project with other designers to create a “Creative Design Laboratory“ where fresh and spontaneous ideas can be realized as prototypes and sold to brands as an exclusive piece they could use for their own collection. Contact: —

Anneloes Ouwehand — (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Anneloes Ouwehand is an Amsterdam based fashion desginer. She graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in the summer of 2006 after doing two six month traineeships for Mexx Men Amsterdam and Gaspard Yurkievich in Paris. Currently Anneloes works as a freelance fashion designer for magazines, trendwatchers and creates her own collections. Contact: — 14

Barike/Barbar a Schwin ges —

In 2006 Barbara Schwinges and her sister Ulrike Ohler launched their own fashion label *barike*. Since winter 2007 the siblings have kept their own concept store *barbara und ulrike* in Mönchengladbach, Germany.  >>


The *barike* line AW 09/10 is influenced by impressions of the surface mining area Garzweiler II, a project that is slowly turning pastoral scenery into dire wasteland and leaves abandoned villages and houses around the opencast pit. These modern ghost towns attract looters and sightseers, forcing the former residents to nail up doors and windows and hence changing the look of the town for a very last time. Barbara Schwinges studied Clothing Technology at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and worked for Bernd Berger, Esprit and Eva Gronbach. Contact: / —

I deformed the shape of the star and transformed it into new abstract shapes. (The star is a symbol of the flag of the Former Yugoslavia.) Contact: / Photo by Lonneke van der Palen ­—

christian l agerwa ard — (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

Br anko Popovic — (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

The fascination about life and its fragility is always a source of inspiration in my work. My work is like a sketch in which I can express myself as direct as possible. I have studied fashion design but I see myself more as a multi-disciplined artist. Besides my own art and design I’m very passionate to collaborate with other artists and to develop projects. I graduated as a fashion designer on the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht in 2005. The “Transformed-star” project.  I was born in 1983 in Zagreb, Croatia, which was a part of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. Because of the civil war in my hometown I fled with my family to Holland in 1995. This experience had a huge impact in my life and inspired me in most of my work.  In the ‘ TRANSFROMED-STAR’ project I wanted to express this experience by a rational approach. >>

Christian Lagerwaard was born in 1964, Krefeld (Germany). During his education in 1985 at a school for tailoring Christian competed in a contest called “Concours de Couture” which was organized by Guy Laroche from Paris. Christian won the competition at the age of 20 and he was decorated with the prestigious “Prix Guy Laroche”. Guy Laroche introduced Christian in Paris and in 1992 he was asked to join the High Fashion ateliers and design studio at Emanuel Ungaro in Paris.Octobre 14th 2000 Christian showed a mixed collection of Ready to Wear de Luxe and High Fashion pieces and soon he was introduced to the Royal Family of Orange.  During the next 4 years Christian was the personal designer for her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of Orange. From 2005 to 2008 Christian decided to take a break from the world of couture. Since 1st of December 2008 Christian is located in the AINSI building in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Contact: ­—



participiants fashion show — All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

daisy kroon

— (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Graduated cum laude in 2007 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with a collection based on a girl who wants to be a Jewish man and a Jewish man who wears the mohair sweaters of his wife.  “I always apply a certain dose of humor in my collections, such as little jokes in the detailing and knitwear. My clothes are never just feminine or pretty, there is always an edge or certain feeling ‘that something just isn’t right’. My inspirations are wigs, pink neon, a blind man with no memory who likes to lick eyeballs and wood engraving.” After her graduation she presented her collection during the Amsterdam International Fashionweek and during the Designweek Eindhoven. Her work is published in magazines as Blend, Avantgarde, Items, Grazia and Elle. In the meanwhile she started to work as a freelancer for different designers such as Christian Wijnants and Marga Weimans. Contact: / —



— Eefje Schenk, Meyke Link & Severine Jessen (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

demeisjes., are a collective of three young designers each graduated in different disciplines from the art academy of Maastricht. “When the occasion is there we participate together and work in the moment wirh no attachement to the result. When acting as a group we are a collective mind and work as one. The seeking of extremes found in our individual work is harmonized in our collective work.” During FashionClash their new collections will be shown in one, combined presentation. The fashion collection “BraveOnes Walking Wasteland” designed by Severine Jessen (fashion designer) and Meyke Link (textile designer) is an exceptional combination between form, silhouet, dessins and applications. The accessory collection “Home Sweet Home”, designed by Eefje Schenk (product designer) consisits out of bags and jewelery. Contact: —


Aleksandr a Stojadinov — (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Aleksandra Stojadinov born in Serbia, graduated as a fashion designer from KABK in Den Haag and won the Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2006 with her graduation collection “Transit”.  She entered the master course Fashion at FIA, designed an accessory collection and worked as a freelance Illustrator for a number of clients. The Label Disable collection was designed in Serbia and shown in July 2007 at Amsterdam Fashion Week. The idea of using fashion to comment and confront the oddities of the surrounding world and society remains her main inspiration. Still, it is all done with a light hand and a sense of humor, and hopefully, with flattering results. The latest project,, will include a web shop and a blog. The plan is to test the rigid seasonal fashion-week system by replacing it with a day-to-day diary and catalogue. Work that will be presented on FASHIONCLASH is the first step in bringing Dusturbance to life. Contact: —

Her work is strongly connected to time and space. Marchesini’s work is simultaneously in art and fashion related environments presented such as the Arnhem Fashion Biennial, Amsterdam International Fashion Week, Milk Gallery New York City, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum. There will be an ongoing perfomance “Denise Boulet” from Elisa Marchesini during the opening on friday, and during several shows on sunday. Performance “Denise Boulet ” There is a girl sitting on the catwalk going through cut-up magazines during the entire Fashion show. Is she waiting? Is she modeling ? What is she doing? And who is she? It is Denise Boulet. Early 1900 Denise was the muse, model and wife of fashion designer Paul Poiret. Poiret was one of the first to use the body in movement, through the use of mannequins and Fashion shows, to display his new collections. Contact: —

Ellen Benders

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands )

Elisa M archesini — (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Elisa Marchesini (Dutch/Italian, 1983) graduated in 2006 with honours from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her autonomous art coincides with that of a modern-day anthropologist. She deconstructs and unravels existing frameworks, mainly connected to the representation of Fashion. Through installations, photo series, performances she suggests new possibilities within these mechanism.  >>

“Please, oh please...I wish for me a beautiful dress!” Ellen Benders (Venlo, 1980) is a Dutch fashion designer. She graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and started her own label with the idea of creating hand made dresses with the right cut. The collections differ in design and inspiration, but always have a distinctive way of being pure & simple, using elements of her own little girl dresses to create a more feminine and sophisticated design with playful details. She likes to design clothes that make a girl feel happy and comfortable, and make her want to wear this dress every day! Contact: — 17


participiants fashion show — All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

fatboy the original —


— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands )

FORMED the inner battle her mind. her body is formed but she is looking for challenges to keep her mind sharp she is graving for problems which she can solve to take her mind to a next level. Elsewerk is a new refreshing approach to fashion, where fashion is seen as Art but brought back to reality. After some experimental pieces a prêt-a-porter collection takes shape which is always refreshingly sober and challenging to wear. Sophisticated leisurewear with a twist and an unexpected use of fabrics. The fabrics and prints are designed by Els Petit herself and are knitted/ handprinted/embroidered or adapted by hand. Her clothes make you lift up your head proudly in the fresh autumn wind and make you walk lightly in the cold winter sun, if you only dare.. Elsewerk is more! Els Petit is also organizing fashion shows and fashion exhibitions on demand. Photo by Els Zweerink / Contact: —


Since 2002, Fatboy the original manufactures a broad scope of lifestyle objects. It all started with the Original: an oversized, of the highest quality beanbag with yet something to smile at owing to the huge label on the side and the strange name. The original represents the Fatboy lifestyle: sympathetic, tolerant, open, humorous and relaxed. Add self-aware, stylish and a little intractable and you’ve wrapped yourself in the Fatboy experience. Over the last few years Fatboy has become a soughtafter lifestyle icon, that sells a broad range of products in over 50 countries worldwide. For FashionClash Fatboy will present a new collection of bags. Fatboy also provided all the decorations and furniture for the lounge area. Contact: —

fem ke agem a

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Femke Agema achieved her Master of Arts in Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2006. With the graduation collection ‘Hide Out’ she won the HKU-Award, a prize for the most innovating graduation project. Now she is a freelance fashion designer, doing different (art)projects and collaborations with artists of various disciplines. Her style of work is recognizable: cartoonish, organic and playful. Contact: —


Her collections characterize itself in simplicity, minimalism and the use of geometrical shapes. Less is more! The geometrical shapes are often used in a grid, but also as a shape itself, as a square or a rectangle can function as a pattern for a garment. She combines comfort and femininity. ‑It is also important to her that her collections are timeless and not trend-sensitive, so you can wear them for more than one season. Contact: / —

femke col aris —

Femke Colaris (1985) graduated in 2007 from The Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, the same year in which she showed her collection for the first time during The Amsterdam Fashion Week, where she participated in “De Frans Molenaar Couture Prijs 2007”. After graduation she started working at boutique “Kiki Niesten” in Maastricht. There she discovered another love, a love for styling. Together with friend and photographer Valentina Vos she explored the field of styling in fashion photography. Each of Femke’s collections are inspired by a theme, in which she searches for ways to be innovative in both colour and form by experimenting with futuristic fabrics and feminine sculpted silhouettes balancing between art and fashion. In March 2009 Femke started working on her new collection which will be shown at the first Maastricht Fashion Week in June 2009. Contact: —

fenny faber

Giorgio Toppin — (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Giorgio Toppin is the face behind Xhosa. The young designer from Amsterdam south-east uses clothes as a medium to tell the story of “the man and his motivations”. Textile and image are a coherent entity. It expresses itself in the Xhosa Collecties as a socialpsychological statement. The clothes are meant for a boy growing up to be a man. A man looking for an identity in the society, like everyone does in his life. His ethnic background plays a big part and is visible in the presentation.. Contact: / —

— (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

In the summer of 2007 Fenny Faber (1985) graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in Fashion Design. She just started her own label ‘Fenny Faber’ and works as a freelance designer.  >> 19


participiants fashion show — All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

Heidi Long

— (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

On the road…. She walks, runs, and sometimes takes a rest The weather is always changing It can be cold, hot, wet or windy She is on the road towards her destination During her trip she sees, meets and talks Finds, discovers and reads Trying to unite different influences To keep up her feminine yet a bit girly appearance interesting Sophistication, comfort and daring She is not afraid to emphasize her personality while she is on the road The work of Heidi Long can be described as followed: “I see myself as an artist who explores the painted or drawn mark by stitching and constructing textiles in to a design”. Contact: / credits: Photography: Ralph and Dick Groenen Models: 77 Models Hair and Make-up: Mieke-Petiet —

Irene Heldens

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Heldens is one of the few Dutch fashion designers who is inspired by many different cultures. Her ultimate goal is to design beyond cultural limitations by combining traditional techniques, fabrics and colors from various countries of the world. She will be featuring her Summer Collection 2009 which this season is inspired by African culture, and translated in a beautiful feminine design. Heldens, with her inspiring and distinguished style, absorbs the basic parts of timelessness and cultural awareness, in combination with her professional skills and style. Graduation 2009: Academy Vogue Amsterdam. Contact: —

Ju lia Sonntag — (Aachen, Germany)

Julia Sonntag, 26, born in Aachen, Western Germany, started up her fashion design study in Maastricht, The Netherlands, immediately after making her final secondary-school examinations in 2002. She soon realized that fashion was her passion – especially pattern making. So after getting her Bachelor Diploma for fashion design in 2006 she followed the semester-education as pattern maker at the technical school for fashion and pattern making M.Müller & Sohn in Düsseldorf.  >> 20


To get work experience Julia did several internships in various areas of fashiondesigning, as there are Sarah Heartbo, a small design atelier in Berlin where she learned to handle subtle fabrics as silk and jersey, a Couturier for Leatherwear, a training in design at Toni Gard and finally an internship in the division of CAD at Rena Lange. At FashionClash Maastricht Julia takes the chance to introduce her couture label UZOTHA and the urban label SWEET LITTLE SECRET. Contact: —

Now we know that sacred geometry contains many mysterious elements that elegantly describe many phenomena such as the growth of plants, the proportions of a human body, the orbit of planets, light, the structure of crystals or music. Observation of Nature remains the best source of inspiration and helps discover new things. This collection Larisa has dedicated to her parents. Contact: / Photography: Salvador Pozo —

L arisa K atz

Leonneke Derksen

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union in 1974, but now living in the southern part of the Netherlands. Formerly a painter, the now designer took her portraiture skills to human form, utilizing the same ideas to produce visceral, sculptural dresses in style of haute couture. In her work she uses fabrics to build dresses that look like sculptures. Playing with different materials and shapes she creates timeless and romantic designs. She combines visions of Eastern and Western cultures. In the past 2 years Larisa has shown her designs at runways of Amsterdam, Dubai, Bahrain, NYC & London. Collection: Sacred Geometry In spiritual and mystery schools of the past it was taught that sacred geometry has been used by God to create the Universe.  >>

In 2006 Leonneke Derksen was accepted at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium). She`s in 3th year now. This years (3th year) collection is all about the combination of (extreme) sports wear and evening wear. It tells the story of a group of `traceurs` (guys who are joining the sport parkour, jumping from building to building). From their jumps in the air they look back to themselves and the world and their perspectives (of their legs, arms, clothes etc.) change. In the clothes you find a lot of optical illusion and prints. In general i like to combine different worlds and styles of clothes. i’m highly inspired by optical illusion and surrealism. I find fashion is about telling a story, like reading a fascinating book or seeing a great movie. Contact: —

— (Kerkrade, the Netherlands)

— (Den Bosch, The Netherlands)



participiants fashion show — All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

linda Valkem an — (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)



Lisa Weinberg — (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Lisa Weinberg studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in the Textile&Fashion department. She graduated in 2007 with her collection “We Just Want to be Loved’. A collection inspired by young Russian woman and their rich cultural background. Often described as fun and extravagant with lots of self-made and designed fabrics, shoes, bags and teddybears. After the ‘Lichting 2007’ show at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, where her collection has been recieved very well, Weinberg chose to do a mastercourse at the Fashion Institute Arnhem. This is where she found her way between fashion and textile. She discouvered her hart is in making dessins, prints and textile within the fashion world. Her work is feminine, rich in material with a specific range of colours. At the FIA she graduated with her collection ‘Dawn’ which was showed at the Fashion Week in Amsterdam and Paris. contact: —


M a artje Di jkstr a — (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Maartje graduated in Fashion in 2006 at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In 2004 she did an internship at the company of Alexander MacQueen in London, where her interest in extreme fashion developed more and more. In 2008 see did her own show at the AIFW where she proudly presented her collection ‘Illustre Shoe-machine’. Illustre Shoe-machine was also seen in the 2008 Montana award show in New Zealand. Her work is recognizable, she makes extreme silhouettes, almost beastly. She also has her own way of creating fabrics by binding wires together and making handmade, spherical illustrations on the pieces, inspired and created by the biggest sores of all possibilities -imagination. At the moment I’m creating a new collection named ‘ bulged Being’ -a strong /dark animal- inspired by a big bag of rubber rings and details of 30 old wedding dresses, creating strange bulged silhouettes. contact: photography: Carina Hesper Model: Lotte K, Beauty Models Rotterdam —

M arieke van Reusel — (Voeren, Belgium)

Marieke van Reusel graduated in fashion design (bachelor degree) in 2005 from the ABK Maastricht, The Netherlands. She did her internship at “Wolfen-Germany” 2004, fashionlabel based in Berlin. From 2006 up to 2009 she worked as a freelance fashiondesigner for several fashionlabels in Berlin. She is now working on a womanswear collection, which will be shown at FASHIONCLASH. contact: / —  

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participiants fashion show — All fashion show participants in alphabetical order

MARYAM KORDBACHEH — (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

I see clothing as a three dimensional object, and yet I find the two dimensional patterns equally interesting. I mold and discover my own patterns. Attaining a perfect result has never been my starting point. Experimentation, problem solving and searching for a personal way to realize my designs are most important to me. The designs are a study of technique and form, in which craftsmanship plays an important role. In spite of the complex and technical ideas involved in their design, my work exudes an exacting simplicity and finds a balance between experimental and wearable design, between dreams and reality. To me the allure of a design resides in its purity. contact: —

Moniqu e Pool m ans — (Delft, the Netherlands)

M assuniq

— Shanna Deurloo / Jan snoeks (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Massuniq is a young accessory label by two Dutch designers, Shanna Deurloo and Robert Jan Snoeks. It is a unique brand of luxury handbags and couture jewellery. The exclusive handbags are characterised by geometrical patterns beautifully sculptured in soft leather and high quality fabric. Because of the unique and complex patterns in the handbag designs, all Massuniq bags are individualy handcrafted. The catwalk inspired Massuniq’s designers to create a collection of jewellery especially designed for fashion shows. A model wearing Massuniq couture jewellery becomes part of an extravagant piece of art on the catwalk. contact: — 24

Monique Poolmans (1975) graduated as a product designer at the Industrial Design Faculty in Delft. She combined her interest and experience in designing products with her passion for fabrics and fashion, and started her own women’s fashion label. The label focuses on geometric and abstract shapes with surprising details. Maximising the difference between the abstract pattern and the way a body forms the final shape is an important designing challenge of the label. The use of high-end and ecological materials, wearability, functionality are also important parts of the design. Monique Poolmans is sold at SHPPR Rotterdam and YDU Amsterdam. contact: —


Niels Brink m an — (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Nawie Kuiper

— (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

I am Nawie Kuiper, fashion designer, graduated at the Fine Art Academy of Maastricht in 2006. Together with Branko Popovic and Els Petit we founded FASHIONCLASH, which resulted in FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT . To design a collection is often a big struggle for me. Because I keep asking myself what kind of designer am I? I don’t know the answer to this, it confuses me. But than on the other hand why do I need to know? For I hate thinking in boxes. So now I use my confusion to create a collection. Sometimes I have a concept, sometimes I don’t. Gradually this confusion leads to my inspiration. contact: / —

Graduated in 2007 at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, where he specialized in men’s fashion design. The graduation collection, called Secureaction, was a strong masculine men’s collection that combined security and softness with action and aggression, with influences of the fetish culture. After his graduation he designed the costume’s for the band Ravage!Ravage! The Crusade Division The Crusade Division, It’s a strong and energetic men collection. The collection deals with the crusade of a new world order and the situations of (religious) wars in the world. The collections got influences of the past, as crusaders, and other (military) divisions are translated into the future. “I gave special attention to the protective parts of the clothing, such as the shoulder pieces of some outfits, inspired by the protective shield of insects. This shielding creates new silhouettes and gives the collection a strong masculine image. Let the journey begin.” contact: —

Sanne K arssenberg & Cleo Greidnus — (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Sanne Karssenberg graduated in 2008 at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her graduation collection showed at Lichting 2008 during the fashionweek. She participated in the ‘best off’expo in the RAI and in Eindhoven. The ready-to-wear collection which came out of this is for sale at NUZIJN. Roaming and transformations are theme’s she focusses on in her work. For this new collection she collaboraties with Cleo Greidanus. Also a graduate at the Rietveld Academie. Isolation and objectivity play an important role in her work. For FASHIONCLASH their individuel ideas about fashion meet: abstraction versus emotion esthetics versus functionality autonomy versus anonimity 


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schedu le

— Who, what & where.

fashion shows —

Friday, June 26th 2009 

Sunday, June 28th 2009

Opening night:

11.00 Timmerfabriek open 12.00 - 13.00 Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht 14.00 - 14.30 Barbara Repole & Sebastien Pescarollo Angelo van Mol Julia Sonntag ~première Sanne Karssenberg & Cleo Greidanus ~première Maartje Dijkstra ~première Elisa Marchesini performance “Denise Boulet” 15.00 - 15.30 Anneloes Ouwehand ~première Fenny Faber Niels Brinkman ~première Daisy Kroon ~première 16.00 - 16.30 Aleksandra Stojodaniov ~première Femke Agema ~première Leonneke Derksen demeisjes. ~première 17.00 - 17.30 Larisa Katz Christian Lagerwaard ~première Fatboy Maryam Kordbacheh

invitation only

Saturday, June 27th 2009 11.00 Timmerfabriek open 12.00 - 12.30 Femke Colaris ~première Lisa Weinberg Branko Popovic ~première Monique Poolmans ~première Irene Heldens ~première 13.30 - 14.00 Ellen Benders ~première Barike Fatboy Elsewerk 15.00 - 15.30 Marieke van Reusel ~première Nawie Kuiper ~première Heidi Long ~première Massuniq Sonja Schödel ~première 16.30 - 17.00 Linda Valkeman Giorgio Toppin 20.00 - 21.00 Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht



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— Who, what & where.

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Saturday, June 27th

11.00 - 23.00

Saturday, June 27th

11.00 - 23.00

Sunday, June 28th

11.00 - 19.00

Sunday, June 28th

11.00 - 19.00

Friday, July 3rd

10.00 - 17.00

Friday, July 3rd

10.00 - 17.00

Saturday, July 4th

10.00 - 17.00

Saturday, July 4th

10.00 - 17.00

Sunday, July 5th

10.00 - 17.00

Sunday, July 5th

10.00 - 17.00

Participants exhibition

Participants CLASH project

Berg und Kather / Cedric Pradel / Denise van Leeuwen / Elisa Marchesini / Felicia Adelina Mak / Femke Agema / Frida Badoux / Hester Vlamings / Iefke de Roos / Jan Taminiau / Jimmy Paul / Kirin Design / Laurens Hamacher / Linda Maissan / Lisa Klappe / Levi van Veluw / Lonneke van der Palen / Michael Verheyden / Miriam Hartwig / Nathalie Vanheule / Patricia Fonseca Monteiro / Patrizia Dona / Roland Maas / Romy Smits / Sander Reijgers/ Sanne Karssenberg / Veronica Vartic

Dik Scheepers, product designer / Joost Horward, actor & director / Kim van Bakel, product designer / Laszlo Rozsnoki, product designer / Leonid Bebiichuk, artist / Liv Langeslang, artist / Marco Inanicelli, product designer / Tanja Ritterbex, artist / Tom Astrella & Matylda Krzykowski, product designers / Valentina Vos, photographer /



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Son ja Schödel — (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

The garment itself shall be a document of time in order to confirm existence. I intend to create another form of intelligent clothes with a temporal, spacious consciousness. Fixed in patterns and material. Now the general idea becomes concrete defining my own reality in the collection “Zwillingschatten” primarily based on childhood memories.Trying to exclude chance as much as possible, I used concrete 2- and 3-dimensional shapes and translated them into clear patterns. Still the choice of fabrics and details create a more vague atmosphere. contact: —


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interview with rita su ers — Head of fashion department, Art Academy Maastricht

interview II

“I want my students to be very personal. To find out what they’re good at and deepen their strength..” Rita Suers

AN encounter WITH: RITA SueRS, head of fashion department, ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS MAASTRICHT. What do you expect from your students, who are educated under your supervision and who will soon be working as professionals? Rita: I teach my students to see clothes as tools to express ideas. I do not put any emphasis on being “high-fashion”. That’s more the case in Arnhem. I want them to be very personal. To find out what they’re good at and deepen their strength. Most of my students are part of a sub-culture, gothic, hip-hop etcetera. Being part of a subculture is a kind of ideology. I tell them to value this ideology, to become leaders within the subculture. Because it mostly consists of cliché’s and they can go beyond that cliché. The market is overcrowded with an equal kind of designers. It’s interesting to explore for ”clothing and subculture”.

What advice would you like your students to take to heart? Rita: To be very pragmatic. It’s a craft. So you become a craftsman. Talent is not enough therefore you need skills to survive. Your working life will last at least 46 years so you better have a passion for it. A fascination. That’s your fuel throughout those working years. Find out what you’re good at, that will give you power. The fashion industry is an economic world power. People don’t know this. It is a very stressful profession with deadlines, huge competition, and an expanding market. I am not enthusiastic when a student tells me he or she wants to travel the world for a year to find him- or herself. In that year you are absent. You can find yourself right here, where you live and work.  >> 31



interview with rita seu rs — Head of fashion department, Art Academy Maastricht

Moments of growth you do not decide for yourself. They happen while you are doing. Does “Maastricht fashion city” exist? Yes. Maastricht is a fashion city for rich, older people. There is no dominance from the young people. It’s a surplus when it enlivens the street image. Maastricht needs young people in the long run to survive. It needs young people to keep the city alive.


What does the collaboration with FASHIONCLASH means to the academy?

What are your worries for young designers in the future? Rita: The hardening of society. Finding a job. Because there are so many old structures who want to survive. We need to deepen ourselves in order to live together on this planet. That means “change”. Production processes have to change. But it has to be a slow revolution. We need to take time. Fashion can mean a lot in the future.

Fashion is a way of… making a lot of money. That’s a side of the profession. It’s the attraction of “evil” That’s why fashion has a lot to do with rock stars and the movie industry. It’s also about power.


It’s the big stage! It’s a collaboration with young, ambitious people in a city where the cultural landscape is dominated by people who are in their forties and fifties. It’s a slow revolution that starts at the bottom. These young people say; ”here we are, we are mature enough to take it in our own hands” I am very happy with it. The wide approach is good! Only fashion wouldn’t be enough. An Interdisciplinary project like FASHIONCLASH can really happen here. Something must turn “around”. Fashionclash can mean a turnaround. Now they have to convince the establishment. Rita:

Which big fashion changes have you witnessed during your life. Rita: Viviane Westwood made the biggest impression on me. Together with the punk movement, She was authentic; she took her inspiration from the place where she lived. She was the first who knew how to blend pop-culture into fashion.  >>

“Yes. Maastricht is a fashion city for rich, older people.” Rita Suers


interview II

“There is no dominance from the young people...”

Rita Suers

There was a big change in our own country. We used to be known as an anti-fashion country. Now designers from the Netherlands are working world wide in the top of the industry. The recognition inside our country is small. But outside it’s huge!

Rita: Only when it turns towards Europe. What is necessary is vision, bravery, conviction, brutality and belief.

Would you like to see FASHIONCLASH return?

Do you see chances for the Euregio as a prosperous working field for designers?

Rita: Yes! Maastricht needs “young”, “fresh” and a lot of humour.



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An exhibition about Fashion in the widest sense of word. Different disciplines are presented next to each other, all linked to each other by ‘Fashion’. Within the exhibition the special CLASH project will be presented. Here you can find all background informations about the participants and their presented works. ~


Vera Berg en Petra Kather (Aachen, Germany)

Vera Berg (fashion design graduate ABK/Maastricht) and Petra Kather (textile design graduate ABK/Maastricht) founded their own label BERG&KATHER in 2006. They produce an annual collection of wearable handmade clothes that is presented internationally. Ever on the outlook for innovative ways of expression they find new concepts and individual ways of presenting their fashion. Both also do freelance art and design work. Contact: ­—


Cédric Pr adel

— (Den Haag, the Netherlands)

Cédric Jean Pierre Pradel is a half French half Dutch 27 years old graduated fine arts student from the Willem de kooning academie in Rotterdam. Meanwhile finishing his studies Cédric drew certain attention to fashion photography and did a one year internship with the recognised dutch fashion photographer Wendelien Daan, who has shot for magazines as Vogue, i-D, L’officiel and the designers Viktor and Rolf. Cédric’s ideology comes across his work with the help of celebratie masks and nudity, beringing fragility up to the final picture. By being naked, the characters in front of the lens find themselves completely exposed, but find security and confidence behind the facade created by the masks.Daily routines, habits and culture are all facts that get sucked up by the mask given, which makes both feeling and essence float to the surface. Contact: ­—


Denise van Leeuwen

Felicia Adelina M ak

The Rotterdam based illustrator Denise van Leeuwen graduated in June 2005 from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Denise’s handdrawn illustrations appeared in Dutch magazines like ELLE, AvantGarde, Lof and Dif. For Rails magazine she illustrated the cover of the March edition in 2006 and 2008. Her illustrations have been shown in the Rotterdam nightclub. Off_Corso and during Tommy Hagens show the Kersvers Art Labyrinth in Amsterdam. In 2007 a selection of fashion illustrations made for ELLE and AvantGarde were shown in Paris where the Institut Néerlandais did a show on Dutch fashion illustrators and photographers. Denise van Leeuwen contributed to several international illustration books such as Die Gestalten Verlag’s publications Illusive 2 and the upcoming Illusive 3. Contact: —

Felicia Adelina Mak graduated from the Royal Academy The Hague in 2007 before enrolling in the master course of the Fashion Institute Arnhem. She was a contestant in the finals of the Frans Molenaar Award 2007 and participated at the Lichting 2007 presentation.  Felicia presented her FIA-graduation collection during Amsterdam Fashion week and in Paris during Paris Fashion Week last March. This collection is significantly named ‘If you melt a suit, you’ll get a dress’ and is based on the idea of a striptease from a suit, slowly into a dress. For this collection, Felicia was inspired by Dita Von Teese and her burlesque strip-acts in which she gracefully and sensually undresses herself. In the collection the shapes are developed by literally taking a tailleur and producing it in softer and more feminine materials. Finally, it becomes a dress and disappears into lingerie. The colors are based on the black and white contrast of a suit, the naked skin and sensual orange. Contact: —

— (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

— (Haarlem, the Netherlands)

Elisa M archesini see page 13

— (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


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see page 14

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)




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Hester Vl a m in gs —

Frida badoux —

Put your head on my shoulder And I will be your captain. Frida Badoux has been working for 15 years now in Third World Countries developing all kind of products with a fair trade label and to help producers to export to the west. This work is sponsored by the Dutch Government. She also designs from time to time a small collection of bags under a private label. “My work all over the world is a serious job and that is why I like to develop my own collection with humor into it, like this collection of HATBAGS. They are made from original uniform caps from different countries and knowing that these caps have a high level of authority, it is fun to do something else with it instead of using it as part of a uniform.” Contact: —

Hester Vlamings (1966) was raised in Eindhoven en studied fashion & design at ArteZ in Arnhem, handcrafted shoemaking at the S.V.G.B. in nieuwegein and fashionmanagement at TMO in Doorn. Hester Vlamings has been developing her own products since 2003. Her distinctive style is shown through her authentic designs, the use of qualitative materials and highly levelled finishes. Every shoe is made by hand. Her designs manifest a strong sense of autonomy, a feeling for time and are the fruit of a sharp analysis of the possibilities in shoe design. These designs create their own, diverse language, in shoes. “Shoes by hester are worn by selfconcious women who won’t be fooled by what trends or society prescribes them, but who distinct themselves by there own style and a natural sexappeal” Hester’s sober but stylisch designs are becoming well known throughout the fashionindustry. Contact: —

Iefke de Roos —



Iefke de Roos started her own label in 2006 after completing her education at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. Since then she has participated in several competitions and her work has been seen on pages of magazines such as CODE, Material Girl and Marie Claire. All pieces feature Iefke’s own drawings which she stamps onto the garments. Prints have varied from a pen drawing of the human heart to a delicate bow. Each collection is inspired by collages which she makes in scrapbooks that are a kind of diary for the collection. ‘I lift my lids and all is born again’ is Iefke’s spring/summer 2010 collection. Contact: / —


Jim my Pau l

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Jan Ta m iniau

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Jan Taminiau (goirle, the netherlands, 1975) is a romantic with a strong predilection for original materilas and techniques. He inherits his creativity and his love of nostalgic materials from his familiy, a motley collector of antique dealers, decorators and interior designers. His passion for artisan techniques, his quest for the perfect form and his taste for aesthetics come from the same source. Check, Check Mate In januari 2009 Jan Taminiau showed his couture collection Check, Check Mate for the first time online. A Concious decision as an answer to the international fashiongame. A game for attention, but a positive game.In Check, Check Mate Jan Tamineau plays with oppositions. The collection consists of 6 silhouettes inspired by dutch folklore and garnished with details of the armor of a postapocalyptic warrior. The mix of cultures that is particular for the dutch identity is Jan Taminiau’s main source of inspiration. The online presentation was under creative direction from: Jan Taminiau, Petrovsky&Ramone and Joost van Gorsel. Contact: —

Catching the eye of the media at the latest graduation show of Rietveld Acadamy, fashion designer JimmyPaul has decided to become a duo with co-graduate Marie Burlot, (born in France and educated as architect), they will continue under the label MaryMe-JimmyPaul . “In the future we want to combine couture with other disciplines. Create large projects in which the garment remains the center piece, but with a different presentation and form. We would like to move fashion shows into the museum or gallery to make it more accessible for a larger public, while preserving the allure and exclusivity of a couture fashion show.” Marie Burlot and Jimmy Paul showcased three pieces named “Peau de Chagrin” at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week. In July they have a fashionshow at MediaMatic in Amsterdam. They will show an image  of their fantasy what the world will look like after the fall of standardization. Next they will focus on Art Basel Miami. “We want to build a bridge between the cliché, fashionable Europe and the playfull, plastic and fresh Miami.” Contact: —

Kirsten Röm er/Kirin design — (Aachen, Germany)

1961 I was born in Aachen. I have never studied in any academy. Two years ago I quit my job and began to experiment with hood/canvas. I made my first bags working at home. I excercised a few months and thought about distribution. Selling only on markets and presenting in someone else ‘s store was not my intention. I needed a production facility and my own shop to see my costumers and their reaction, and their acceptance of my products. Since 1 ½ years I have a shop of my own and my products found their way to male and female hands and shoulders. I am searching for innovative, individual and more courageous people; i want to introduce my label to a greater public. Contact: / — 37


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levi van Veluw — (Arnhem, the Netherlands)

L aurens Ha m acher — (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

Laurens graduated in 2007 at the academy of fine arts in Maastricht as a product designer During his study he did an internship at product/furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. In 2007 he participated in the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. In 2008 Laurens he won the ‘Eric Kusters Woonidee NL designpitch’ during the housing fair in Utrecht. Next to his own enterprise Laurens is co-founder of the Maasterclass collective and works closely with Fashion Clash. The work he will be showing is especially made for Fashion Clash. Title: fashion victim. Contact: —

Levi van Veluw is a multidisciplinary artist, he lives and works in the Netherlands. In the past three years he won numerous national and international prizes for his work. He graduated from ARTEZ institute of the arts in 2007. He currently also works as an art teacher at the Willem de kooning Academy of Rotterdam. Levi van Veluw´s photo series are self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. Contact: / RONMANDOS Gallery / —



Linda M aissan


— (Maastricht, the Netherlands)

Linda Maissan is trained as a fashion/textile designer. Rather fascinated by the thought-process behind the creative direction than the initial garment implementation, she uses her sketches and collage techniques as autonomous images. These collages are applicated in inkjet print series, self edited magazines, illustrations, animations, works on paper and works on walls. The procedure of designing clothes is made in the same collage technique, using 2nd hand materials like cut up magazines, handkerchiefs, buttons. Sometimes to result in non-wearable clothing, which forgoes the presence of a concrete figure as a point of reference or a body to wear the clothes. Contact: —

Merel Pijnenburg, Paintings Merel Pijnenburg (1976) studied autonomous and sculpture at the Art Academy Sint Joost in Breda. Her paintings and sculptures originate directly from her memories. They are literally memories of previous year, yesterday or a minute ago she forms into an image. Thus remain her ideas, experiences and fantasies to the surface, as a world in which she is the boss. Contact: —

Lonneke van der palen Lisa Kl appe & Merel Pi jnenbu rg — (Antwerp, Belgium)

Lisa Klappe photographs fashion, design and people in her environment. Her photos are staged registrations of how she perceives, discovers and experiences. Form and colour give her work a contemporary signature, that balances between reality and the surreal. With an eye for detail, Lisa is able to create subtle tensions between beauty and the repulsive. Thus she makes even ugly things beautiful, but never without a story. Lisa Klappe (1979) was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and graduated from the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam in 2006. Currently she work for (and with) local and international clients including, the Design Academy Eindhoven, photographer Peter Stigter and Dutch designers like Alissia Melka-Teichroew. Jan Habraken, Maarten Baptist and Zelda Beauchampet. She currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium. Contact: /  >>

— (the Hague, the Netherlands)

Currently I am studying photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, trying to find a balance between fashion and attonomous photography. I prefer to create images instead of searching for existing ones. Composing objects, persons and light in such a way they seem to become almost abstract, so a surreal magical world arises. The overflowing of form, colour, transparency and clarity of materials plays a major role in my work. Special light enhances the alienating atmosphere, as well as the illogicial combinations, distortions and placing objects in another context. Contact: —



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M ichaël Verheyden — (Genk, Belgium)

Already during his industrial design studies in Genk, Michaël Verheyden (1978) was a very active person. He established the punkrockband Promenade Seven, worked for well known designers as Fabiaan Van Severen and Piet Stockmans, and got to know the Parisian fashion world thanks to a crucial meeting with Raf Simons. In December 2007 the Michael Verheyden company moved to C-Mine, a site for the creative industry in an old mine building in Genk, which houses their offices, workshop and showroom. In January 2009 Verheyden got the Henry van de Velde award for young talent from minister of economy Patricia Ceysens. Contact: —


m iria m hart wig — (Berlin, Germany)

The concept of my work consists of ideas, such as individualism, uniformity and the complexity of human clothing behaviour. my work can be seen as a comment on fashion itself, as well as a mirror of present fashion behaviour in western society. it is about the demand for individuality, the demonstration through fashion that someone belongs to a certain group or class and how someone could use fashion in order to express and even manipulate. through various projects i focus on topics like the »democratization of the creative disciplines«, the »semiotics of contemporary clothing« and the »commercialization of (sub)cultures« i ask questions about the interactivity between today’s market and the fashion world as well as about the interactivity between the developments of the new medias and a democratized consumer. my work is about communication, (mass)collaborations and encounter. my interest is to isolate the space between the person who wears clothing and his surronding and to place this moment in the centre of my work. Contact: —


Patricia Fonseca & Sandy Mendes — (Den haag, The Netherlands) (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Nathalie Vanheu le — (Kortrijk, Belgium)

master in graphic design and master in 3dimensional design, exhibited her drawings, sculptures and installations for example at SMAK Ghent,Cluster gallery Berlin, Art Cologne and PULSE SHOW New York. She is now working on a new project in Changai. The theme of Vanheule her drawings is fake beauty we adore; the desire for purity and beauty although it can transform or even kill us. She creates an inner world within the world as we perceive it when we first look at it. But it’s a twisted, strange world, with it’s own meanings and values, strange actions, and things that happen in a hidden corner of every smile. “What you don’t see (in the pictures) is the most frightened, the most anxious. It’s about inner human relations and how twisted they can be.” Behind Nathalie Vanheule’s shiny colours we see a dark and twisted world. Contact: —

Patricia Fonseca is currently a third year fashion and textile student at the royal academy for fine arts in the Hague. “I get my inspiration from society, ethnic groups, different cultures, art, books, movies, music, and even my own experiences. From all this a concept arises which i use for a new collection.” Sandy Mendes is a fourth year fine arts student at the Willem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam. He focusses on photography, film, and soundinstallations. “The images that came out of a fashion shoot of Patricia’s collection 2008 made us want to go deeper into the story behind the collection. We present this work in the shape of photo’s, film, soundinstallations, 3d-images en 2d-material.It’s a way to show that a collection has a life after the catwalk” the concept is inspired by individuals who keep following their own path, against all odds. Who will give there life if necessary for this cause. Fatale honour. For Sandy and Patricia this means going back to the essence of existence. Contact: —

Patrizia Donà

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)


Patrizia Donà was born in 1972 in Zagreb where she graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy’s Department of Art History and Ethnology. After finishing her studies, she moved to Rotterdam and attended the study of Fashion Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy.  >> 41


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She graduated cum laude in 2006 and her final collection “Souvenirs d’ Enfance-La manufacture des Automates” was nominated for the Drempelprijs academy award. Patrizia Donà currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Objects to wear – accessory collection Patrizia focuses her interest on designing accessory collections entitled “Objects to wear”. Objects to wear are inspired and made of ready made mechanical objects which once reused and repurposed will results in series of “items to wearing”. In the process of deconstruction/reconstruction, these objects lose their original function and shape, gaining a completely new identity as they are placed in a new context. Contact: —

Romy Sm its & Rol and M a as — (Antwerpen, Belgium) (Den Bosch, the Netherlands)

romy smits, couture artist, has developed her philosophy through stylistic, functional and material-expressive means over the years. her bespoke designs, innovative concepts, symbolic images, personal styling, fabrics and fashion are based on feelings and intuition. combining modernism and authenticity. artistic inspiration and creativity in harmony with the natural universe. she aims to depict the very fine line between intuition and shape, which connects emotions and objects. she is mainly known as couture designer but also as a visual artist who visualises her emotions and identity. she is self taught but has acquired a lot of working experience in the fields vogue, interieur and design. animation sensual sensory reality: art couture by romy smits featuring babelle by roland maas Contact: /  >> 42

Roland Maas Roland Maas is an artist/designer who works and lives in the Netherlands. He’s explored different styles, techniques and different media to give expression to his individual existence. Since 2002 he’s been creating the World’s first toon model ‘Babelle’ (in Benelux countries better known as Baboes), a fashion toon who escaped the cartoon world and is determined to start a career in ours. In collaboration with editor Maurits Brands, Babelle became famous in the Netherlands through the many trend reports for fashion trade-magazine LINK. Contact: —

Sander Rei jgers — (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Autonomous artist Sander Reijgers provides sex objects with a whole new life: he uses blow-up dolls as artistic material. He customizes existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blowup dolls – the head, the breasts, the vagina, the anus. “These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me. The doll is a means to convey something else.” I remove the sexual function of the dolls by turning them into a jacket or a bag. In this way, the doll can ‘feel’ by performing a normal day-to-day task, rather than through sex. “In daily life, we are bombarded through the media and advertising with images of especially female nudity to stimulate consumerism. I comment on this situation through my art, but with humour and without being too moralistic about it. layered pieces. “ Contact: —


Sanne K arssenberg See page 31

— (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Veronica Vartic — (Luik, Belgium)

I like my accessories to have a combination of commercial sense, pragmatism and creativity. Function is everything, I cannot create unless I have a practical purpose in mind. I suppose this is one of the limitations that trigger my inspiration and I am fine with it. In this exhibition I am presenting two pieces of my latest fairy-tale inspired collection, where each bag is impersonating a character from “Little Red Ridding Hood”. I graduated in fashion design (2005) at the Art Academy in Maastricht and since 2008 I bring out a collection of bags and accessories under my own name. I live and work in Luik, Belgium. Contact: —


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interview III — Matylda Krzykowski, cordinator of the CLASH project

AN ENCOUNTER WITH: MATYLDA KRZYKOWSKI, COORDINATOR OF THE “CLASH-PROJECT” Known for her personal blog “MATANDME” (, where she introduces us to talented designer’s from all over the world. Tell us about your work, your drive, and your love for…? I am graduating in product design this year. But I don’t see myself just as a product designer. Rather I am a maker of things. I am happy and restless. At least that’s what my friends say. My best moment in a day is when I find a solution or get an idea.


You put a lot of effort in making a fun and quality blog. Could you describe what your blog is about and what meaning it has in your life? 44

Matylda: It’s my ‘playground’. is mainly about the people behind creative projects. I am interviewing them, which means that I meet them and hang out with them. The meeting itself as a personal moment I like to keep for myself. But I share something called the ‘drawn interview’ with my audience. That’s basically what it is: an interview based on 3 questions, each answered through a drawing. Alongside that I write about products and projects I think are interesting.

You are organising the “clash-project” within fashionclash. What’s it about and what’s exciting about it to you? Matylda: The CLASH is a project for non-fashion designers who want to access the fashion industry.  >>

interview III

“I like the hidden potential in Maastricht. It leaves everything open. ” Matylda Krzykowski

We have a good selection of 10 creatives. Each of them will be responsible for an outfit, which includes styling and shoes. We give the participants a platform beyond their own profession. That means that the outcome is not predictable and hopefully of unexpected quality. Isn’t a surprise a good thing to happen?

other cities. There are a lot people here who express fashion better than people in more metropolitan environments do. I like the hidden potential in Maastricht. It leaves everything open.

Is there anything you would like to “clash” in the future?

I think of fashion and design as a cultural expression. They are autonomous disciplines, which are everywhere. I don’t see the title ‘fashion-city’ as worth pursuing. I don’t like categorizations.

I want people to clash whereupon projects clash. I like the word clash. It has a lot of imaginative potency. Matylda:

What are your thoughts about fashion in Maastricht?

Do you think Maastricht has the potential to become a fashion-city? Matylda:

Maastricht will be a place for young designers because... Matylda:

A friend of mine always says fashion is for sale but style is for free. Maastricht is definitely a city that surprises with style without being mundane. We do not need to show off with big names and brands like

The designers want it to happen.




participiants cl ash project — All exhibition participants in alphabetical order

CLASH is a special project within FASHIONCLASH MAASTRICHT that allows non-fashion designers to translate their vision on fashion into an outfit. This outfit that will be shown on the catwalk and in the exhibition to a brought audience. The chosen people are responsibe for the whole outfit including hair and make-up. ~

DIK SCHEEPERS — Me the Ice-man.

I believe I have read somewhere that because of the climate change and the warming of the earth we could somehow end up in a new ice age. Beautiful i thought, but what should I wear? Off course I needed my duve, couse it keeps me warm all night and layers. I wanted layers to trap the air. So probably my old jeans can do that trick. Contact:


Joost Horward — The YOKE (het juk)

Joost has worked ongoing in the region since his graduation at the theatre academy of Maastricht in 1996. He has worked in several fields of his profession, including acting, directing and playwriting. His interest has always been to look for “the greater story” in our lives. He currently combines his work with being a teacher at the theatreacademy of Maastricht. The YOKE (het juk) “When i got the question to take part in the clash-project, i knew i had to bring in some element that has to do with theatre. For me theatre can reveal “the forces at work”, more then any other art-form. It also includes live performance. Fashion has a lot to do with freedom of choice, constant renewal and a fight against gravity. As a main element in the work, i choose the YOKE, an old (dutch) tool to help make heavy work as easy as possible. A way to balance the weight. But also a name for the wooden stick that lies on the shoulders of slaves. In Fashion the YOKE stands for the collar and shoulder part in cetain garments. And i find it a lovely word. I wanted to make the model work, but i didn’t want it to be a performance, it must remain an outfit. Pearls i just couldn’t leave out. It was Coco Chanel who made the pearlnecklace an unmistakeble icon of fashion.” Contact:  >>


L aszlo Rozsnoki —

For FASHIONCLASH Laszlo Rozsnoki continues to work with his concept “questioning the established”. By transforming, combining and merging parts of well-known parts of clothing he creates fashion with a certain twist. The outfit designed by Laszlo Rozsnoki also plays with established role-models of the male and female. Contact: —

Kim van Bakel —

The strenght of this creation lies in its simpleness. Every pattern (design) is just one simple form. A form that can be fold into a beautiful fashion item. A fashion item that is inspired by the folded collars of the middle ages. Fashion is just doing what you like best. Being fashionable doesn’t always mean following the crowd! Contact:

leonid babiichou k —

Well, I think the time is come to revolutionize the fashion. Again. Contact:

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participiants cl ash project — All exhibition participants in alphabetical order


Once the world was without meaning. A chaos of shape and colour, in the end restrained. Man threaded it to a structure which covered his bareness. Live became predictable and seemed to be safe. I look in the mirror and dont see me. The reflection slips through the meshes. A purple sun fills my horizon. Everything is new. I feel free!


Night vison, television...? I like chairs. This shows how chairs can underline the beauty of the female body, reminds me of marylin monroe. This dress is a cooperation with Anya Liesnik. Contact:





— Fashion knows no limits

Bigger than big, better than good.                      That’s how I see faschion. Fashion can’t be exuberant, insane, ridiculous or mad enough and that’s very good. Because in my outfit it is impossible to walk. The rich, spoiled, stupid, well known woman don’t care about that. She stands on a “wooden walk board” that will be pushed by a “walk lady”. The model on the board wares impossible high heels, she really can’t walk on them. The fabric as well makes it impossible to move or walk. It’s all about the looks, nothing else matters. “We don’t care anymore about the useful aspects of fashion!!!” Important is the attractive sexy charisma off the outfit. The model seems to float above the ground. And that’s how I see stars will moving on in future. Contact:


I was always into fashion and I now I do fashion photography. When I was asked to make an outfit for Fashion Clash I was really excided. Making this outfit was a real challenge because although I love fashion I don’t know anything about making fashion. I can’t even sew a button on a shirt. But this was a really fun experience! I found out that it’s difficult to make choices, I wanted to use so many colours and I wanted to make so many patterns, I wanted to use studs, feathers and a million other haberdasheries. But with a lack of time and of course technical skills I had to make decisions. So finally I decided to concentrate on the pattern that I wanted to make by screen-printing. A bit girly but with some edge! Contact: — —



thank you!

— With the kind support of:

Many Thanks: FASHIONCLASH team: Laurens Hamacher (exhibition design), Femke Colaris (make-up & hair concept) / Mario Defauwes (PR) / Matylda Krzykowski (clash coordination) / Laura Weekers (team assistent) / M.A.P.S. in media (frontstage coordination) / Sessibon (backstage coordination) / Joost Horward (PR editorial) / Till Kramer (graphic design) / Valentina Vos (photography) / ‘Zurpti3-6ix’ Priscilla Roemer & Deyrinio Fraenk and all the other kind volunteers. 51


Manifesto/program of FASHIONCLASH Maastricht 2009 Stichting FASHIONCLASH Populierweg 112 6222 CT Maastricht, Netherlands Editors: Joost Horward and Branko Popovic Contributors: Matylda Krzykowski, Rita Suers, Nawie Kuiper, Els Petit Other contributors: designers, artists, photographers Printed by: Drukkerij Pietermanns, Lanaken (Belgium) Circulation: 2000 Art direction and design: TILL TOMORROW


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