Nienke Smeulders
graduate of Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

About the collection

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My collection is about forgotten traditional clothing. As a starting point I take the generation that was raised with Dutch folkloric costumes. Many of these people are old now, some suffering from Alzheimer disease. The folkloric costumes were once a familiar sight to them but with those gone, they don’t recognize the current fashion image that has much more multicultural influences. With my collection I want to restore those familiar elements within a contemporary look.

During the Lichting I will show five looks that tell a little story.
It is important for me to express myself with own handmade fabrics like crochet, weaving, knitting and embroidery. This, in combination with the use of latex and silk fabrics, gives sensitivity to my collection.