14th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival, that took place from 25th – 27th November, has unveiled its 2022 creatives. The festival celebrated in Maastricht, Netherlands, 50 emerging talents from around the world. The platform nurtures, develops, and promotes talents on a global scale and creates new opportunities for emerging designers and creatives via fashion talks, mentorships, partnership offerings, professional advisors, event participation, installations and activations, fashion media network, and extensive PR through Fashionclash’s international community and channels.
During this three-day hybrid (on & offline program) festival, a new generation of designers and performing artists from all over the world are given the opportunity to show their work to a broad (inter)national audience. The program with exhibitions, performances, talks and fashion film screenings and awards, showcases projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary fashion culture.
FASHIONCLASH Festival is all about discovering, stimulating and co-shaping current developments in fashion and opening up these developments to a broad audience. The festival consists of a multidisciplinary and polyphonic program based on a selection from the proposals submitted via the open call and the projects initiated by FASHIONCLASH itself, which are developed in co-production with other organizations such as Glamcult, Via Zuid, Kunstbende and Marres.
During the festival, work by more than 50 emerging and established designers and artists from different countries around the world was on show. Two prizes were awarded during the opening on Friday evening. Erik Bergrin & Arkan Zakharov won the Fashion Film & Video jury prize with their film ‘The 8 Dissolutions’, made possible in part by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg. Jury panel consisted of Diane Pernet, Cathelijne Blok and Niccolo Montanari. Film ‘Sock Monster’ by ANT EYE | Hanneke & Tosca won Kaltblut Magazine Award.
THE CLASH HOUSE
The Clash House is a showcase and development program for designers focusing on crossovers between fashion and other art disciplines, especially the performing arts. Participants of The Clash House were offered a coaching trajectory in which they are supported by theater makers Giovanni Brand and Milou van Duijnhoven.
Participants: Dirk Vaessen, Elliot collective, Niko Markovic, Katharina Spitz, Maya Kaplan.
OPEN MIC night powered by Meester Koetsier Foundation
With Open Mic Night program FASHIONCLASH aims to create inspiring encounters between designers and audiences, by asking questions and sharing stories during a comedy club-inspired event. It is an eclectic clash of visions, working methods and styles of a distinctly new generation of designers who recently graduated in the Netherlands. Open Mic Night was hosted by the artist and performer ARIAH LESTER.
Participants: Ruben Jurriën, Kickyland, Floor Klaassen, Loïs Brandsen, Inez Carmen, Lauren Thoonen.
New Fashion Narratives #1 @ Bureau Europa i.c.w. Glamcult
New Fashion Narratives exhibition at Bureau Europa is an international selection of designers curated by Glamcult and FASHIONCLASH. New Fashion Narratives stands for the current generation of designers who see fashion as their mission. They explore the boundaries of their discipline, question social systems and specifically the fashion industry. With their works they move between the interdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design, visual arts and investigate the relationship with the user/consumer.
Participants: Art Collective BCHMNN, Mehdi Mashayekhi, LABELEDBY., OUR SHIFT, Aurélie Defez, DOMINIK, Dara Benno, SUFI, Pablo Salvador Willemars, ZOLI, Denzel Veerkamp, Luca Berger, House of rubber, SCHEPERS BOSMAN
New Fashion Narratives #2 @ Marres
New Fashion Narratives exhibition at Marres consists of a multidisciplinary selection of both young and established talent with a link with the Netherlands. FASHIONCLASH signals a growing need among Dutch designers to contribute to a healthier fashion sector and a better world. This critical, research-minded and hybrid generation of fashion makers engage themselves in the transformative role of fashion in relation to social issues and propose alternative fashion practices and narratives.
Participants: Teresa van Twuijver & Studio de Maan, Extended, Lena Winterink, Bobbine Berden Design, Wei-Chi Su, Antoine Peters, Space For Fiction (SFF), Guerline Kamp, Atelier Dasha Tsapenko
Fashion Film & Video
Fashion Film and Video program offered a platform to emerging designers, artists and filmmakers who experiment with the genre of fashion film/video, animation and other related audiovisual and digital media. A jury panel selected five finalists from the selection and designated a winner for the Fashion Film & Video award powered by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg. In addition, Kaltblut magazine chose a winner from the entire FFV selection.
Participants: Anna Melegh, Erik Bergrin and directed by Arkan Zakharov, Roumans, Clara Son, Chiron Floris, Hadi Moussally, T*MITROVSKA, JING QIAN, Haus Of Stone by Danayi Madondo, Marija Petraitytė, Saskia Roturier, Caterina DeRousse, PUNTJUDITH, NEO Design, Bastiaan van der Hoek, Wendy Owusu, ANT EYE | Hanneke & Tosca.
Fashion Makes Sense & Talk
Fashion Makes Sense is FASHIONCLASH’s ongoing participation program from which projects are developed focusing on social design, inclusion, education and in collaboration between professionals and semi-professionals/amateurs, especially involving young people. Chanel Trapman (MUMSTER) moderated the program and concersation with participants of these projects. During the festival the results of projects ‘MOVING PORTRAITS’, ‘THE HOOOOOODIE PROJECT’ and ‘MASCOT’ were presented.
Finally, from the FMS program Who cares what you wear? was presented, an interactive theater performance for young people about fashion and sustainability, developed in collaboration with theater maker Mayke Roels, and actresses Ilse Geilen and Lindsay Zwaan.
The sixth edition of Talentlab, the talent development project of Toneelgroep Maastricht and VIA ZUID – Talent development performing arts Limburg, will take place from 24 October to 26 November 2022. Talentlab is again part of FASHIONCLASH Ferstival for this edition. In Talentlab, young promising professional talents from the performing arts work together intensively for five weeks to further develop their artistry. Led by Paul Slangen (dramaturg Toneelgroep Maastricht) and Joost Segers (artistic developer VIA ZUID), they will experiment and be inspired by each other and by fashion. Together they are working towards an end result that will be shown during FASHIONCLASH Festival. www.toneelgroepmaastricht.nl/Talentlab_2022
FASHIONCLASH Festival is an initiative of the Maastricht (Netherlands) based FASHIONCLASH Foundation, an interdisciplinary showcase and development platform and a worldwide network of new generation fashion makers and (performing) artists. Since 2009, the FASHIONCLASH has realized more than 200 projects in the Netherlands and abroad – www.fashionclash.nl/fashionclash-festival
Photography credits: Laura Knipsael