Dylan Westerweel Winner Lichting 2019 Fashion Contest

Dylan Westerweel

Dylan Westerweel is the winner of Lichting 2019. That’s the annual fashion contest for freshly graduated Dutch fashion design students. Westerweel graduated with honors at the ArtEZ Arnhem fashion design department. He showed his work, together with 13 other participants from schools allover The Netherlands, at De Nieuwe Kerk. The Nieuwe Kerk (tr; New Church) is a wonderful venue used as catwalk during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. Since we cover this fashion contest each year we suggest you click here to get to know more about Lichting.

Homme Fatale

Westerweels winning collection ‘Jack Saul’ is inspired by rent boys from the Victorian era. Dylan created the male counterpart for the femme fatale with his vision and design talent. By using the beauty and sexuality of the boys as a weapon and a tool, he created a well balanced collection. The images above show what that story looks like.
(photocredits: Team Peter Stigter)

Jury is

Kim Bekker (Freelance Creative Direction for a.o. Isabel Marant), Eva Losada (Fashion Photographer), Jo Simpson (Curriculum leader at Fashion & Textiles department Central Saint Martins) and Rolien Zonneveld (Editor-in-chief for i-D Netherlands).

Jury says

“Over the course of fashion history, designers have reacted to, and in many cases influenced, the social and political frameworks of sexiness of their respective times. Today, with gender identities and expectations crumbling quicker than ever, the idea of what makes a man sexy has never been more fluid. Dylan’s collection was a refreshing take on what that masculine sexiness means in 2019. Inspired by the rent boys of the Victorian period, he gave us an interesting take on the idealised masculine silhouette, by crafting intricate corsets for men and combining it with soft and seductive fabrics. His use of embroidery, hand painting and 3D structures in florals and anatomical hearts showed great technical skill. His baby blue and magenta pink colour pallet, applied to soft hand dyed pink cotton and wools was original and fresh.”

Honourable mentions were given to Iris van Wees, graduate of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute and Armia Yousefi, graduate of Utrecht School of the Arts.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fashion Show 2016

 Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fashion Show 2016

Twelve BA fashion students showed their final graduation work at the humongous Europahal in the RAI convention center. See that work below, in order of appearence.

This year’s BA fashion graduates are; Ralph W. Dennis, Vere van Hal, Yoko Maja Hilfling Rahbek Hansen, Myrthe van Hardeveld, Naomi Hille, Iris Woutera de Jong, Daan Keizer, Marianna Ladreyt, Vika Mozhaeva, Billie-Emelie Karola Therése Palmhager, Isis Elsa Fee Postel and Eva Valdimarsdóttir.

First and second year fashion students present a selection of their designs, watch those HERE on MimiMovies YouTube channel

If you missed the show; 2 graduation students will be chosen by the Fashion department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie to compete in the Lichting 2016 show during Fashionweek Amsterdam this Summer. Or you can visit the annual Graduation Show on 6 7 8 9 10 July in Amsterdam.

See all our Images by JW Kaldenbach (This Is How We Do It) HERE
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Dutch Award Show: Frans Molenaar Prize 2015

Dutch Award Show: Frans Molenaar Prize 2015

Yesterday we went to see the Award show brought to life by Dutch couturier Frans Molenaar. It was the 20th edition and it was the first time without the couturier himself being present. Mr Molenaar sadly and unexpectactly passed away in the Winter of last year, but he made sure his award-show can continue for years to come. Host and member of the jury Jhim Lamoree asked the audience to stand up and remember Frans Molenaar before the show.

The show was held at the house/studio of Mr Molenaar in Amsterdam, it was opened by Karin Vlug‘s collection, made with the prize money she won last year. Her collection has a tight, thoroughly researched (with José Theunisen) concept. This strict concept remains visible in the garments, but at the same time the concept doesn’t overrule the wearability of Karin’s couture capsule collection. Karin’s work becomes more wearable every year. (read about that concept HERE)

Participants Frans Molenaar Prize 2015; Tung Trinh, Josephine Goverts, Max Zara Sterck, Maartje Janse, Lilian Admiraal (all BA graduates’15 <click link for more info on these designers) and Sunanda Koning (MA ’15) All graduated this year at ArtEZ fashion design, Arnhem. Simeon Morris finished his fashion masters at ArtEZ in 2013. Simeon is the most experienced designer of the group his “experience includes working for a number of renowned designers, including Alexander McQueen in the late 90’s and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others.” (quoted)

After the longest deliberation ever in “Frans-Molenaar-Prize-History” the jury named Josephine Goverts the winner of the Frans Molenaar Prize 2015. She got a well deserved big fat check (see picturesabove) of €10.000. Next year, same time, at an other place, we will get to see what she accomplished with her reward! Continue reading

The Fashion Show 2015 / Gerrit Rietveld Academie

The Fashion Show 2015 / Gerrit Rietveld Academie

This year the fashion design students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie got to show at the Citroën Garage in Amsterdam. The first and second year students showed the results of the project “Something Metal”; they researched shape and form with grey, hard, plastic and came up with some interesting silhouettes. The 8 graduate collections really showed the strong point of each student; trendspotting, research, experiment, and even commercial talent passed us by in the form of well balanced collections. Models (cast and training by Victor de Bie), choreography (by Bas Andrea and Nathalie Haelermans) and styling (by Marleen de Jong) were impeccable, this, combined with the diversity of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie class of 2015, made the show inspirational for us at Mimi Berlin, we thought it’s upbeat vibe was fun and entertaining.


(for professional catwalk photo’s of this fashion show best go to Peter Stigter)
See some Mimi Blogger Team backstage snaps HERE

ArtEZ Fashion Show Finals 2015

ArtEZ Fashion Show Finals 2015

Yesterday we went to Arhem to see the annual fashion show with work of 21 graduating BA fashion design students. (see photo’s above)
The show started with 2 films: “A New Kind of Water” with designs from first year students, “Fashion and the sea” by the second year students, followed by Collection Arnhem 2015, designed by third year students. (see that show, previously held in Amsterdam, HERE)

If you didn’t have a chance to visit; enjoy the photo’s above (visit the site of Peter Stigter for professional catwalk photography) or go to the two award shows including students from ArtEZ fashion dept. Five students are nominated for the Frans Molenaar prize 2015: Lilian Admiraal, Josephine Goverts, Max Zara Sterck, Tung Trinh & Maartje Janse. Isabelle Tellié and Yvette Peek will be showing at Lichting 2015, supported by V&D, during Amsterdam Fashion Week. The final exams will be on exhibit at the former ABN/Amro buiding in Arnhem from July 1>5 2015.

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Award 2014 is ArtEZ Fashion Design BA graduate Karin Vlug, She won this Wednesday, June 25th 2014, and received the amount of €10.000,- to invest in a new couture collection which she will present next year at the 2015 edition of this Award. Congratulations!! (about: Frans Molenaar is a Dutch couturier)

*We have to be honest; sadly we couldn’t attend this show ourselves because of other work obligations elsewhere. Our seat won’t be empty next year!