One may be familiar with this Dutch city because of its art school, which focuses on Jazz and Pop Music, or its bridge, a final battle place for allies in WWII. But Arnhem is currently proving that it is also a fashion metropolis, with its Fashion Biennale month, which closes on 6 July.
The cultural fashion event’s connecting thread is: SHAPE. This year over 80 fashion labels are taking part, including Lanvin, Raf Simons, Hussein Chalayan, Jil Sander, Rick Owens, Martin Margiela and Viktor & Rolf. Their 150 or so items of clothing being shown throughout Arnhem exemplify what SHAPE signifies and demonstrate why form is such a topical aspect of fashion.
Forty Dutch fashion photographers will present their own personal vision of SHAPE for Glamour magazine. Stylist Martien Mellema and the Witman Kleipool photography agency are in charge of the curation of this project.
“Ocean of Darkness“ is an exhibition not to be missed. Artist Koen Hauser has transformed the Arnhem branch of the Centrum Beeldende Kunst Gelderland (CBKG, the Gelderland Centre for the Visual Arts) into a shadowy, deep-sea world. Items of clothing and utensils form the basis for mysterious beings that drift in a universe created using photography and 3-D video projection.
Centrum Beeldende Kunst Gelderland (Gelderland Centre for the Visual Arts)
Kortestraat 27 6811 EP Arnhem
6. June until 19. July
The Arnhem Mode Biënnale is being celebrated with a series of fashion events in Arnhem’s Klarendal neighbourhood, where many specialist businesses are based. From bridal wear to customised vintage, and from bespoke tailoring to streetwear, often sold directly from the designer’s atelier! Presentations and lectures, masterclasses, the Klarendal fashion walk, shows and workshops – find out more on the website.
Klarendal Fashion Quarter
By invitation of the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2009, the photography and stylist team of Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen have created an exhibition of their vision of fashion. Within a huge space at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, they have built a cozy house filled with speaking, singing, other installations inspired by fashion clothing and photography. Wander through the doors and staircases in the exhibition to find optical illusions and surprising passages.
Fashion is the basis for the work of Freudenthal/Verhagen, but there is more to their photographic images than merely capturing beautiful looks. They adhere to the codes of fashion photography while applying their refined stylization inspired by visual arts, film and theatre. Their work is always recognizable with a typically humoristic approach to daily living pointing to their unmistakable style. The artistic duo mark 20 years of collaborating in fashion and publicity photography with this exhibition.
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem
6812 AA Arnhem, The Netherlands
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 11.00 – 17.00