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FIEN gives her denim pieces an aesthetic identity with UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The collection was presented in an entertaining show full of bling and swing

She recently finished her master's at the Sandberg Institute (part of Rietveld Academy) and tonight, Fien Ploeger gave the audience a taste of her unique look at outward appearance and beauty ideals, neatly packed into a denim collection.

How can you apply your fascination with physical transformation, extreme personalities, and plastic surgery to a denim collection? Despite the fact that denim is a rigid material, it still proved itself to be versatile when treated and processed in a certain way. Under Ploeger's direction, the pieces undergo an outward transformation done with surgical precision, just as the human body does through plastic surgery. Ploeger: "The transformation of the body, whatever form that may take, is a huge inspiration for me. It’s a journey towards your own ideal self image."

Amanda Lepore

If Ploeger's denim designs could be a single person, they would take the form of American transgender performance artist Amanda Lepore. With just as much bling as swing, the collection was presented to the audience as a sort of drag club, with every queen introduced by a host. "Come on, girl, give us a little twirl!" Miss Lepore would certainly have given the amount of rhinestones glittering in these accessories her nod of approval.

"The transformation of the body, whatever form that may take, is a huge inspiration for me. It’s a journey towards your own ideal self image"

Universal variation

From jeans with a tattoo print to a denim puffer jacket, it was a varied range, just as varied as the techniques that Ploeger used to finish the material, which could be seen in pieces like a tie-dyed top and jacket and fraying seams. The white-denim-and-tweed pairing is certainly worth a mention here for the chic touch it gave the denim.

Denim with a tattoo print © Team Peter Stigter
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Denim with a tattoo print © Team Peter Stigter
Denim overalls with a blinged-out belt]© Team Peter Stigter
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Denim overalls with a blinged-out belt]© Team Peter Stigter
Tie-dyed denim in a top and jacket and wide-leg trousers. © Team Peter Stigter
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Tie-dyed denim in a top and jacket and wide-leg trousers. © Team Peter Stigter
High-waisted jeans with two-tone legs © Team Peter Stigter
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High-waisted jeans with two-tone legs © Team Peter Stigter
FIEN logo on a t-shirt. © Team Peter Stigter
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FIEN logo on a t-shirt. © Team Peter Stigter
The white-denim-and-tweed pairing is worth a mention for the chic touch it gave the denim. © Team Peter Stigter
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The white-denim-and-tweed pairing is worth a mention for the chic touch it gave the denim. © Team Peter Stigter
Back side of the denim-tweed combination. © Team Peter Stigter
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Back side of the denim-tweed combination. © Team Peter Stigter
Frayed seams as one of the range of finishes. © Team Peter Stigter
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Frayed seams as one of the range of finishes. © Team Peter Stigter
The bling came in the form of accessories encrusted with glittering rhinestones. © Team Peter Stigter
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The bling came in the form of accessories encrusted with glittering rhinestones. © Team Peter Stigter
Denim trenchcoat with continuous stitching. © Team Peter Stigter
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Denim trenchcoat with continuous stitching. © Team Peter Stigter
The back side of the jacket © Team Peter Stigter
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The back side of the jacket © Team Peter Stigter
Designer FIEN Ploeger's MC blows her a kiss. © Team Peter Stigter
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Designer FIEN Ploeger's MC blows her a kiss. © Team Peter Stigter

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