Fashion designer Barbara Langendijk combines modern modes of fashion production with more traditional techniques, often working with designers and artists from other disciplines. These collaborations result in interdisciplinary garments which present a new perspective on mainstream fashion culture.
For her graduation project Langendijk drew inspiration from the Japanese kimono. She designed special clasps and pins to hold the fabric in place and create unexpected silhouettes. This way of working means that you don’t have cut the fabric into pattern parts, which is what would usually be done in the fashion industry. Remnants are therefore kept to a minimum and, because the clasps make the garment adjustable, it doesn’t need to be produced in as many sizes. For her project For Sale, Langendijk carried out research into retail, mass production and reassessment of value in fashion. Her aim is to show consumers the difference between mass production and handwork. She hopes to make the consumer more aware of malpractices in the fashion industry and to promote a greater appreciation of handwork and craftsmanship.
Barbara Langendijk’s work has been presented at the Arnhem Mode Biennale, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and the Istanbul Art Biennial. She was recently nominated for the Dutch Design Awards 2015 Young Designer Award.