Fashion is a means of expressing our identity. It has a strong tradition of male and female stereotypes and is often heavily loaded with social and cultural signifiers. In this talk show Sylvana Simons spoke with the new generation fashion designers about designing for a gender-fluid and culturally diverse reality.
What is the significance, both nationally and internationally, of the Temporary Fashion Museum? Now that the project is drawing to a close, it is time to take stock and divulge our findings. Various views, from experts from academia, the museological world and the fashion industry, were voiced on 5 May during a public discussion.
‘Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. It's about self expression and, above all, attitude.’ That, according to 92-year-old style icon Iris Apfel, is the best way to be fashionable or ‘swag’. Three strong, sexy and independent women delivered the proof in the theatre show Swag.
Cut wages by a third or sack half the workers? This evening looked at the dilemma facing a Chinese clothing factory and encouraged us to think about our own behaviour and the ethics of consumption today.
On 12 February the intervention A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory by artist and architect Santiago Borja opens at Sonneveld House. Also Het Nieuwe Instituut celebrates the opening of the second season of the Temporary Fashion Museum during the New Season Night.
An evening devoted to reinterpreting the ultimate fashion basics. With a keynote lecture by fashion designer Mary Ping, founder of the label Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and contributions from art historian Sophie Berrebi and make-up artist Ellis Faas.
Prints and patterns come in all shapes and sizes and they are all the rage at the moment, especially in the fashion world. This evening will look beyond their decorative power to examine their possible meanings and alternative applications: from patterns with symbolic values to the technological breakthrough of interactive sunscreen prints on glazed building facades. With fashion designer Liselore Frowijn, textile artist Christie van der Haak and designer Willem van der Sluis.
Anneke Smelik, professor of Visual Culture, talks about the transformative power of cyber-couture. Whereas in previous decades fashion’s primary concern was brand identity, today the focus appears to have shifted to other values than luxury and consumption. New technologies have made possible personalised silhouettes and industrial production of single unique garments.
In an age in which the writing of fashion history has been relegated to the PR departments of fashion houses, Het Nieuwe Instituut attempts to construct an open canon of Dutch fashion. Guus Beumer, artistic director of the Temporary Fashion Museum, takes the Reading Room public on a journey through Dutch fashion history.
Fashion is more than just clothing. It is, above all, an endless universe of seductive images. In this kaleidoscopic evening we look at the construction of fashion imagery from a variety of perspectives.
As part of Temporary Fashion Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut partners with Stripped Fashion to present the Rotterdam premiere of the documentary The True Cost, an exposé of the harsh realities behind the clothes we buy.