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ArtEZ students show prize-worthy designs

24 bachelors show there final collection

On Thursday and Friday, 2 and 3 June, the Fashion Design programme at the ArtEZ Academy for the Arts in Arnhem presented its latest cohort of bachelor graduates. The catwalk shows were held in the Elektrum conference centre in Arnhem. 24 final-year students showed final collections they had spent months perfecting. The looks ranged from romantic, white designs to cool, black ensembles. 

The fourth-year students proved that inspiration can be found anywhere. Jorieke Tenbergen created flotation suits and overalls after seeing photos in the news. Marina van Dieren took inspiration from imperfections for her colourful, nonchalant men's collection. The '(un)bound' collection from Joosje Werre was based on her travels and internship in Asia. For that collection, she used traditional handcraft techniques, such as button and lace-making. On the other end of the spectrum, German Mareike Ficht looked to modern techniques and digitally printed fabrics. 

•	Tenbergen created overalls after seeing photos in the news. Photo by Peter Stigter
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• Tenbergen created overalls after seeing photos in the news. Photo by Peter Stigter
Van Dieren showed a nonchalant men's collection. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Van Dieren showed a nonchalant men's collection. Photo by Peter Stigter
The collection from Werre was based on her travels in Asia. Photo by Peter Stigter
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The collection from Werre was based on her travels in Asia. Photo by Peter Stigter
Ficht used digitally printed fabrics. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Ficht used digitally printed fabrics. Photo by Peter Stigter

Various nominations

The talent of this crop of students was clear. Several have already been nominated for recognised fashion prizes. Liesbeth Sterkenburg and Johannes Offerhaus – who wowed the public with moving skirts – were selected for the Frans Molenaar Couture Award. Laudy Verschuren and Boaz van Doornik, who designed with prints of ferns he drew as a child, were both nominated for the 23rd Edition of the Mittelmoda Fashion Award in Italy. Among the nominees for Germany's Apolda European Design Award 2017 were Alissa Nicolai, who used scrap material to make clothing that was like a second skin, and Max Beets, who combined monstrous elements with aspects of the city. 

•	Offerhaus wowed the public with moving skirts. Photo by Peter Stigter
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• Offerhaus wowed the public with moving skirts. Photo by Peter Stigter
Sterkenburg was selected for the Frans Molenaar Couture Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Sterkenburg was selected for the Frans Molenaar Couture Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
Verschuren was nominated for the 23rd Edition of the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Verschuren was nominated for the 23rd Edition of the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
Van Doornik was nominated for the 23rd Edition of the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Van Doornik was nominated for the 23rd Edition of the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Photo by Peter Stigter
Nicolaï used scrap material to make clothing. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Nicolaï used scrap material to make clothing. Photo by Peter Stigter
Beets combines aspects of the city with monstrous elements.
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Beets combines aspects of the city with monstrous elements.

Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam

Ailene van Elmpt and Johanna Bas Backer will be back at it for Lichting 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam on 7 July. The 'IT'S MY FAULT' collection from van Elmpt (24) features contrasting materials in striking silhouettes and severe asymmetry. The 'STORE AT 14° C (57° F)' collection from 21-year-old Johanna Bas Backer tells the story of a man living alone in his hut, isolated from the outside world. 

The ‘IT’S MY FAULT’-collectie of Van Elmpt.  Photo by Peter Stigter
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The ‘IT’S MY FAULT’-collectie of Van Elmpt. Photo by Peter Stigter
Bas Backer vertelt het verhaal van een man die is geïsoleerd van de buitenwereld. Photo by Peter Stigter
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Bas Backer vertelt het verhaal van een man die is geïsoleerd van de buitenwereld. Photo by Peter Stigter

Exhibition in the Rietveld Building

Collections and portfolios from the graduates will be on display until 3 July in the ArtEZ Finals exhibition in the Rietveld Building, Onderlangs 9, Arnhem. ​

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