Aline Hart
graduate of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Amsterdam


When we are happy, we are always good. But when we are good, we are not always happy.’
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


The process of graduation is often seen as a symbolisation of growing up: leaving your childhood behind and the preparation for adulthood. I also looked on my graduation as a transitional period: It made me nostalgic and perhaps a bit melodramatic. Looking back on my past I realised that—in many aspects—I lived my live the way I thought I should live. Or in other words, I lived the live I thought my surrounding—family, friends and society—wanted me to live.



I started this collection with the idea that I wanted or needed to let go of the high expectations that I have of myself and others. And leave my high sense of morals and values behind me. I needed to stop feeling the need to please or to be liked by others.


These feelings find their origins in the traditional idea of a women being either a whore or a saint, she is either Maria or Eve. She can never be both. This feeling of frustration and suffocating restriction coherent with this traditional thought I tried to capture in this collection.