Liesbeth Sterkenburg looks to different cultures and subcultures for inspiration in her work. Once a subject snares her interest, she loses herself completely... Read more
Liesbeth Sterkenburg looks to different cultures and subcultures for inspiration in her work. Once a subject snares her interest, she loses herself completely in seeking and discovering the history behind it. She then takes these impressions and uses them to create a new world, built from her own perspective.
One example of a narrative collection is Sterkenburg's graduate collection, for which she formed her own gang, NEWSTREET EXPOs, inspired by Japanese mafia and motorcycle gangs the Yakuza and Bosozoku. The collection tells the story of men and women who were rejected by the art academy. Together, they decided to form a group, using the streets as their canvas, their bodies as studios.
Prints are an important part of Sterkenburg's work; they're what tells the story. She makes good use of screen prints, digital prints and embroidery. She sees the body as the blank canvas upon which her works of art are displayed. Sterkenburg's designs are characterised by oversized pieces with functional details that can be worn by men and women alike.
After earning her two-year diploma from the Vrije School in Haarlem, Sterkenburg spent a year in Berlin. While she was studying at the Von Erlenbach Kunstschule, she discovered her love of the liberal arts. Just like her mother before her, Sterkenburg then continued her studies at ArtEZ in Arnhem, a course that allowed her to combine fashion and liberal arts in her final year. After graduating in 2016, Sterkenburg was nominated for the Frans Molenaar prize. She is currently freelancing for several brands, including Amsterdam label By Borre and outerwear brand Co.exist.
In January 2017, Sterkenburg showed three ensembles as part of Future Generation at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. She also presented a look made in collaboration with Walt Disney to celebrate the opening of their latest film, Beauty and the Beast.
Video Credits: Frequin Producties
Lookbook Credits: Team Peter Stigter