Fashion for thought


The Central Museum Utrecht is opening an exhibition this weekend dedicated to Alexander van Slobbe, an international pioneer of Dutch fashion. Rosie Khdir takes a look at Fashion for thought…

Alexander van Slobbe, already celebrating his 20th anniversary, has taken the Dutch fashion world by storm and the Central Museum Utrecht is celebrating his successes with a show of his works.

The exhibition, entitled Fashion for Thought, displays the designer’s unique attitude to the design process and allows visitors to reflect on the role of fashion in society. The exhibition shows Van Slobbe’s finished designs along with some of his personal archives including patterns, fabric samples, film footage and photos.

Van Slobbe is the front runner of Dutch modernism with his sleek and simple straight lines, inspired by the works of Dutch painters like Johannes Vermeer. As part of the rebellion against the industrialisation of fashion in the late nineties Van Slobbe remained intensely involved in all processes of his clothing lines, from drawing sketches, to sourcing materials to crafting his creations.

The designer graduated from the art academy of Arnhem and has, since the late eighties, had his designs admired worldwide. In 1988 he founded his women’s fashion label, Orson + Bodil and in 1993 a men’s label called SO.

He has also collaborated with Claudy Jongstra, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Marc Mulders and PUMA and some of these creations are on display at the exhibition in Utrecht.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 13th February 2010 and ends 16th May 2010. Visit the official Central Museum Utrecht for more details.

Image credit: Horia Varlan

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