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Das Leben am Haverkamp get back to the basics

With 2D silhouettes and half-nude models, they question the function of fashion

Fashion collective Das Leben am Haverkamp opened the 27th edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam last Thursday evening, 13 July. Their experimental performances at the previous edition of fashion week earned them a promotion to the main stage in the Gashouder. The designers again took the audience completely by surprise with their unique vision of fashion.

Design collective Das Leben am Haverkamp is the brainchild of four young fashion designers: Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) and Gino Anthonisse (1988). The designers regularly discuss all of the things we're pleased – and not so pleased – to call fashion.

Pieces in 2D

Their first appearance at MBFWA last January already proved that these designers have a different perspective on fashion than your average designer. Tonight, the collective showed that they had no trouble whatsoever in taking their audience along for a deeper dive into what the phenomenon of fashion really is. Because what is clothing, really, if you take away its function? A group of different people, plucked apparently at random from the street, showed the 2D pieces in front of their bodies, dressed in white briefs and socks. The plastic silhouettes were largely transparent, with a brightly coloured outline here and there to clarify what kind of clothing the audience was looking at, from trench coats to a silver bomber jacket, from swimsuits to suspenders to a cable-knit sweater. There were certainly some recognisable elements from their previous work, like Anthonisse's headdresses, this time in the form of a highly detailed interplay of lines. The colour palette was fairly primary, as we've come to expect from Bekker, and Van Klaveren's polka dots made a repeat appearance. And of course, this collection had the same almost literally unwearable element that we've seen previously from Van der Meer.

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The goal of such an artistic collection? The collective has divorced clothing from its function, thereby questioning the need for functionality. Fashion is employed as a means to express their artistic vision. Wearable it's not, but it's all the more unique for that. 

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