State of Fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury

Last weekend, we leave Amsterdam to visit Arnhem, amongst the largest cities of Netherlands. We were really curious about what it was about the coolest exhibition ever: State Of Fashion | searching for the new luxury.

State of Fashion is the first international fashion event that focuses entirely on a more sustainable and fairer fashion system.

We were there to support awareness, transparency but most of all the act of empathy and kindness across the Fashion industry and a new sense of conscious consumerism.

The quadrennial fashion event State of Fashion focuses on a sustainable future. As an international and interdisciplinary platform for ideas, experimentation, research and collaboration, State of Fashion brings together designers, companies and educational institutions in fashion and textile, who share the ambition to make their industry more prospective, fair and environmentally friendly.

State of Fashion 2018 is, in essence, an exhibition, curated by José Teunissen. With the central theme of searching for the new luxury, she is exploring together with designers and pioneers how we can use imagination, seduction and innovative power to make the fashion industry more sustainable and inclusive. In the exhibition, designed by design agency Space & Matter, Teunissen shows fifty projects exploring new definitions of luxury.

We were very lucky to have met an enthusiastic and experienced guide who made an interactive tour for us. She explained us all the stories behind each installation. Here, our highlights:

Honest by Bruno Pieters

Jacket from Collection VI Belgium

Honest By, created by Belgium designer Bruno Pieters in 2010, adopts a 100% transparency policy and becomes the first company sharing the entire cost breakdown of its products. In order to enable the customers to make the most informed choices, Honest By provides a platform in which design processes are shown and supplier- as well as production process- related information are shared.

As Bruno Pieters addresses, fashion is a celebration of beauty and the story behind that celebration can be equally beautiful. Honest By answers all inquiries about where a garment is made and by whom. Honest By makes the entire production chain transparent.

Bruno Pieters shows a jacket from his latest collection, the visitor is able to see every single detail printed on the backdrop from the details around the jacquard fabric made in the Netherlands to the 161 minutes of its assembly process.

Tenant of Culture

Hendrickje Schimmel

Hendrickje uses this name to refer to her position as a cultural post-producer, rather than an autonomous creator. She recently graduated from the textiles MA at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom. Her background in women’s wear largely determines her subjects of interest, as well as her choice of materials.

The central object in her practice is the garment – be it found, made, wearable or sculptural. In her work, she examines the notion of the institutional archive, as well as its functions and themes, such as preservation, decay, storage, display and cultural hierarchy. The question that fuels her research is how we determine what should be saved, stored, preserved or protected. Using the phenomenon of fashion as an allegory for the transient, she explores the contradictory relationships between archives and trends. Or, in other words, the fleeting and contingent versus the durable and preserved. Her work has been exhibited in various places, including the ICA (London, UK) and the Central Museum (Utrecht, the Netherlands). She is currently an artist-in-residence at Sarabande, The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation (London, UK) and participant of The Camden Arts Centre Peer Forum (London, UK).

Iris van Herpen

Dress from Spring 2018 Haute Couture collection ‘Ludi Naturae’ The Netherlands

Iris van Herpen is known for her innovative work in which she, mostly inspired by nature, applies the latest technological developments to traditional couture techniques with interesting and sculptural collections as a result.

aerial photography

by Thierry Bornier and Andy Yeung.
The dress on display is made from the innovative material ‘Foliage’, a process initiated with the Delft University of Technology in which leaf-like patterns are 3D printed as thin as 0.8 mm and tulle is laid into the 3D printer to print directly onto the fabric, creating exceptional softness. She will complete her installation with a special film in which the visitor can see the making-of the construction, behind the scenes and the fashion show.

The exhibition is exceptional, and we would highly recommend visiting at some point throughout the next month.

Author Leticia Bordoni

Leticia Bordoni is the co-founder of P A U S E FASHION HUB.

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