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Posted on Jun 27 2016
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Does your work in any way draw from the Dutch fashion design tradition?
Are you in any way interested in exploring it?

I think my unglamorous approach to fashion might be linked to the down-to-earth mentality of the Dutch.





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PROJECT 000 004 - Hypertrichosis bow tie 2.0 (Identitiy Factory)

Photography by Dayna Casey and Joel Nieminen
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project 000 004 Hypertrichos bow tie 2.0



You have said that you are interested in the way "fashion enables us to create social structures and hierarchy.
Do you see this as a natural and inevitable aspect of fashion?

Yes. Ceremonial robes of Nyimi Kok Mabiintsh III, King of Kuba (Congo) are a great example of this. The Pope, Napoleon, Obama; They all have their clothes to show their position. It does not necessarily mean that clothes are always meant to show off. Uniforms for example, show the urge to be equal.
Fashion is communication and it's everywhere; on the streets and among your friends as well.






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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs'
 photo by Imke Ligthart



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PROJECT 000 002 - Vestes Ad Illustrandam Embryogenesin Hominis Et Mammalium Abnormen
Photography by Rik Versteeg and Wim Klaassen




Your work in many ways merges fashion with visual arts.
Do you recognise the influence of specific artists in the way you design?

There are many artists I admire. I love films of Jeroen Eisinga. And the glowing bunny of Eduardo Kac.





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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs'  photo by Imke Ligthart




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lookbook PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs'
Photography by Janne van Gilst




When starting to work on a new project, are you driven by inspiration or
rather by an inner need to make a statement?

Its a combination of both. Im often attracted to objects that do not fit western standards of beauty, or that were considered as beautiful
in other time and place. Can something be ugly and beautiful at the same time?
Sometimes I can see so much potential in Kitsch of trash. I try to capture these contradictory feelings in my projects,
and ask the audience the same question as I ask myself.






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DLAH-anouk WEB photo by Jeronimus van Pelt


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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' photo by Imke Ligthart





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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' photo by Imke Ligthart




Would you share the ideas that helped realise  XOX, His Majesty's Royal Pig?

For PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' I created an imaginary tribe. I designed oversized robes, aluminium masks, relics, and jewellery made of silver, gold, pearls and human hair. Pieter van Vliet, a songwriter, wrote stories about the characters based on my designs, and together we came up
with fictional habits and rituals of the tribe. The central figure of this project is a pig, owned by a Czar.
I came up with the idea quit spontaneously, but I like the tension between the pearls and the pig. It could be a reaction on people treating and dressing their Chihuahuas as kings. By replacing the dog for a pig, which has a completely different status in our culture, I express my astonishment about this dog-thing.
We had lots of fun photographing the pig, in collaboration with Imke Ligthart. We booked a domestic pig, which had experience in modelling,
but still it was running around all the time. The only way to keep it on the right spot was by feeding it fruit, vegetables and cookies instantly.





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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' photo by Imke Ligthart




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PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' photo by Imke Ligthart




Anouk van Klaveren-ladiesngents-Anouk van Klaveren Interview

PROJECT 000 005 - 'His Majesty Prefers Pigs' photo by Imke Ligthart




If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would this be?
I do not really want to change something, but rather stay away from it in the best possible way. Im a bit of an outsider in the industry, and I actually like that.
I do not produce on large scale and finish projects at my own pace. As a consumer I stopped buying new clothes.
I relate to it, on a more personal level and in matters of my individual choices.





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