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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.

Since 2002 the New York-based fashion designer Mary Ping has been offering an alternative to the fast-fashion system with her label Slow and Steady Wins the Race. She breaks the rule that fashion must constantly change in order to encourage consumption and instead offers powerful reinterpretations of the ultimate basics. In this way she plays with the possibility of being simultaneously ‘trendy’ and timeless, unique but also universal and accessible to all. Read Mary Ping's lecture.

Art historian Sophie Berrebi explored the history of the number one make-up basic: the red lipstick. Where did this iconic item come from and how has its meaning changed over the centuries. Berrebi has written essays about four timeless fashion icons for the Temporary Fashion Museum, among which the red lipstick.

This Thursday Night focussed on the timelessness, utility and accessibility of fashion basics, will be given an extra dash of glamour by make-up artist Ellis Faas and her team. Ellis Faas is one of the most influential make-up artists working today. She works with fashion stars such as Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld and beauty brands such as Clinique and L’Oréal. She also has her own label: ELLISFAAS. She too resists conforming to the rapid turnover of the beauty industry.

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20:00 – 22:00
English (dress code: natural lips!)

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

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.