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Second year fashion students from the Willem de Kooning Academy followed a week-long masterclass given by Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum. The aim was to produce a collection based on the principle of ‘hacking’ i.e. customising clothing.

During the workshop existing items of clothing were ‘reconstructed’, ‘adjusted’ or improved to become new garments. Together they formed a new collection, which was presented live by our fashionistas. Students worked with a range of design principles, techniques and materials during the master class (embroidery, customising, printing, reconstructing with fabric, embroidery threads etc.) which literally and figuratively lent the garments a new layer of design and a new signature. On Thursday 3 December, the last day of the workshop, the students put on a live presentation for the public using any means they could lay their hands on. Their collection (temporarily) formed part of the exhibition ‘HACKED’ in the Temporary Fashion Museum at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

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Temporary Fashion Museum
Guus Beumer
Maureen Mooren

This project is part of the programme track Things and Materials and the folder Material innovation.

Fashion has quietly renewed the very idea of renewal by constantly selling the past as a future, thereby framing current reality. This contrasts sharply with the idea that renewal always stems from technological innovation.