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Jef Montes is a high-end couture label for women, founded by the designer Jef Montes. In his collections, Montes translates personal histories, often based on old objects, into contemporary silhouettes using experimental production techniques. Montes basis his designs on elementary, architectural forms and materials, which are manipulated and merged in a continuous production process. His interest in the effects of light on materials are visually amplified in his designs in combinations of artificial and daylight.

The development of innovative materials is an important part of Montes’ inquisitive way of working. He develops a new type of material for each collection. A collaboration with the TextielLab at TextielMuseum Tilburg resulted in an innovative, dissolvable material for his collection Velero. By deconstructing and reinterpreting the materials he works with, Montes is able to create a new aesthetic.

Since the launch of his label, Montes’ designs have been presented at a range of national and international exhibitions. He has also entered into inspirational collaborations with artists, musicians, product designers, dancers and a range of institutions. Jef Montes made his debut at Amsterdam Fashion Week in 2014 with his collection Illuminosa.

Founded: 2012
Location: Arnhem

Temporary Fashion Museum
Guus Beumer
EventArchitectuur
Maureen Mooren
Moniker

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.