During this sensational four-day festival, over 100 fashion designers and (performing) artists from 30 different countries and 6 continents can be discovered. FASHIONCLASH Festival is a unique opportunity to get inspired by the art of fashion and to discover new talent. This festival’s theme for this year is HERITAGE: a celebration of cultural diversity!
The program consists of Fashion shows, Exhibitions, Performances, a Designer Market, Fashion Talks, Awards, MAFAD Graduation Show, and more. Moreover, the festival’s program is connected to the theme HERITAGE, which will tie the festival’s content together by events such as the Heritage exhibition and a Heritage Show.
The festival serves a platform for a new generation designers and artists, and introduces a wide audience with the arts and crafts of a fashion related branch. FCF clearly illustrates the contemporary zeitgeist within the world of upcoming designers in an international setting. Its interdisciplinary collaboration projects, multidisciplinary exhibitions and shows, collaboration projects and the opportunity for the audience to be more engaged within the program is what gives FASHIONCLASH such a unique position within the international ‘fashion’ scene.
June 30th : Opening at Gebouw M (Tapijnkazerne)
FASHIONCLASH Festival opens on the evening of Thurdsday June 30th at Gebouw M (Tapijnkazerne 15) with a special fashion presentation directed by Joost Horward.
July 1st and July 2nd: Program SAMdecorfabriek Fashion Shows, Awards, Performances & Clash Project
The fashion shows are meant to offer young designers a platform to showcase their sublime collections to a diverse audience. You can thus admire collection of Tom Van der Borght & Shalva Nikvashili, Alessandro Trincone, Ting Gong, Ieva Mežule, Jivika Biervliet, 8CUFF, Odio x Pieczarkowski, Sanchez Kone, WUETRICHFUERST and many more shows that cannot be missed.
On Friday night of July 1st, the MAFAD Show 2016 takes place. During this event the collections of graduating fashion students of the MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design) are exhibited.
Awards Show & Party
Before the party breaks loose, the Awards Show is going to take place, and the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 Award, KALTBLUT Magazine Award and Chapeau Magazine Award will be handed out.
FASHIONCLASH is known for its exciting crossovers between theatre and dance. This year too, several performances can be admired. Among these performances is the dance performance ‘Folia’ van Martin Harriague & Mieke Kockelkorn on behalf of Project Sally Maastricht, dance performance ‘Cotton’ by Mami Izumi in collaboration with designer Verena Klein, theatre performance by Lotte Milder, and a theatre performance by Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe.
True to tradition, ever since the first edition the Clash Project is presented during the festival. In this project ten designers who are not involved in the fashion field are challenged to design a creation for the catwalk. Among the contestants are designer Adrianus Kundert, textile designer Amber Veel, interior architect Alexandre de Vos, jewelry designer Ditte Trudsley Jensen and performing artist Sophie Vermeulen.
A section of former factory ‘Mosa is temporarrily transformed into an exhibition space, in which a curated selection of works related to the HERITAGE theme can be admired. In this exposition the work of Jayda Hany, Suzanne Oude Hengel, Pikkpack Shoes, Ester Kubisz, Nida Gönül, but also the live installation ‘VERWEVEN’ made by theatre performer Nina Willems are exhibited.
Central within the exposition is the presentation of the project Exploring Inspirations, in which Dutch Designers have collaborated with Serbian craftspeople and designers. Inspired by Serbian traditional handwork techniques such as Sirogojno knitting and traditional Balkan shoe making ‘opanak’, Dutch designers such as Jan Jansen and Conny Groenewegen have developed new work.
The ‘designer’ Market completes the Festival program at the main location. Over thirty designers are given the opportunity to sell their designs to the audience. This is the perfect opportunity to get a hold of unique clothing, jewelry and accessories of brands such as One Wolf, MEES, MYIA, IDLE IDOL, dry milk of virgin mary, NELE Maroquinerie, TOKEN, Albec Bunsen, Klu by Edyta Jermacz, Gradstore Design Hub and many other.
July 3rd: Gebouw M (Tapijnkazerne)
Heritage Show + Talk
The Heritage Show is a fashion presentation in line with the theme Heritage, directed by theatre performer Dennis Vanderbroeck. During this show the work of a.o. Uta Bekaia, Laetitia Lemaire, Muslin Brothers, and Juliëtte Heijnen are shown. A Fashion Talk with the designers and the audience follows the presentation.
June 30th – July 3rd Plein 1992, Centre Céramique and Coffeelovers Annex
LET’S (AD)DRESS THE PEOPLE! is a multidisciplinary social design project concerning traditional handwork techniques and participation of mostly elderly people. Designers Floor Nijdeken, Jolijn Fiddelaers of IXX Creates, Maartje Boer and Suzanne Vaessen of STRIKKS will be working as a team together with experienced “craftbuddies” and participating elderly to make new textile creations.
The final execution of the project can be seen during the FASHIONCLASH Festival from June 30th until July 3rd at Plein 1992, which will be transformed into a crafts square. At An exposition of the involved designers’ work can be seen at Coffeelovers Annex
July 1st – 3rd Fashion Talks, various locations
Friday July 1: Crafts & Coffee Talk, Coffeelovers Annex Plein 1992 Saturday July 2: 2 x Fashion House Fashion Talks, Centre Ceramique Sunday July 3: Heritage Show + Talk, Gebouw M (Tapijnkazerne)
July 1st – 3rd Acreati Pop-Up Shop & Exhibition at De Brandweerkantine
During the festival Acreati presents an online platform called ‘Acreati Shop Through Visual Stories’ Pop-Up Shop & Exhibition at the Brandweerkantine. This will be a showcase of curated selection of young fashion designers, a documentary, performance art and fashion photography.
June 30th – July 3rd MAFAD Graduation Expo 2016 Herdenkingsplein
MAFAD – Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design presents its annual graduation exposition.
Entrance & Tickets
FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible to everyone!
The exposition, designer market and most of the program can be accessed free of charge. Tickets for the fashion shows are available online from May 16th via http://www.fashionclash.nl, and during the festival tickets are still available at the main location (SAM-decorfabriek). Prices: starting from € 12,50 (pre-sale)/ Students: starting from € 5,- (tickets available at main location).
Like no other fashion knows how to reinvent itself again and again by creating a new atmosphere each season, using the past as an infinite source of inspiration, and by selling and presenting the past as the new future. Designers look back to the past, but also dare to speculate about the future. From this perspective designers are shaping the future of the shape of things to come. What is the role of our cultural heritage in a constantly changing world? How are new generation designers dealing with their cultural heritage (ancestry and traditions) in a globalized world where everything seems to be reachable and in which fashion is dominated by Fast Fashion chains and mass-production? How do designers address contemporary themes such as the refugee crisis and other important social aspects of our society?
Photography: Lonneke van der Palen Make-up: M.A.C. Cosmetics
Graphic Design Studio Noto
Relating to the Heritage theme, a series of photo’s and a fashion film has been produced in collaboration with Lonneke van der Palen, Studio Noto, M.A.C. Cosmetics, KEVIN.MURPHY en WEDOVOODOO.TV.
Styling & Art direction: FASHIONCLASH
Assistents: Pia Walter, Nienke Creemers, Sem Shayne
Models: Isabella Provaas @ CJ Models, Mara Kasanpawiro en Isa Nilwik @Models Rock Agency, Bert Snaterse, Jessica Irabor, Annoury Belaraj
Designers: Merel Bos, Joelle Boers, Judith van Vliet, Noir Near Future, Renate Cuiper, Jivika Biervliet, Minou Lejeune, Jennifer Droguett, Michał Wójciak, Julia Aumann, Maarten van Mulken, Nawie Kuiper, Branko Popovic en Brenda Prins.
FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 is made possible because of the generous support of partners and funds. Gemeente Maastrciht and Provincie Limburg structurally support FASHIONCLASH.
FASHIONCLASH Festival is an initiative of the Maastricht based FASHIONCLASH Foundation and its artistic and managing directors Branko Popovic, Laurens Hamacher and Nawie Kuiper. The ‘clash’ in FASHIONCLASH represents the encounter between talent, cultures, artistic disciplines, the audience and fashion. FASHIONCLASH believes that the art of fashion can stimulate critical debate about controversial issues in our society. By researching and questioning ‘fashion’ we learn to understand the psychology of human behavior and its role in undermining stereotypes. The central question being asked, “How can we develop the fashion industry to improve well-being and equality?”. With themes such as “Age / Art of Aging” (FCF 2014), “Gender” (FCF 2015) and “Heritage” (FCF 2016) we create narratives that rise above the superficial definition of the word “Fashion”. FASHIONCLASH provides a platform by developing and organizing projects and events such as the annual festival ‘FASHIONCLASH Festival’, but have since done several remarkable projects and collaborations in Belgium, South Africa, Poland, China, Portugal, Mauritius, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Brazil, Slovenia, Malta and so on.