State of Fashion builds on the legacy of the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (2005 – 2013) as well as on the profile built up by Arnhem as a hub for regeneration, research and innovation in fashion.

In 2003, by initiative of the municipality of Arnhem and ArtEZ, the Arnhem Fashion Biennale Foundation was established to promote Dutch fashion to a greater (inter)national audience. While organizations abroad mainly focused on the economic side of fashion, this biennale focused strongly on the cultural, social and societal influence of fashion.

After four editions about various themes, curated by pioneering curators such as Piet Paris, Joff and Lidewij Edelkoort, the last edition took place in 2013.

Photo header: Jil Sander Spring Summer 2011 collection. Photo by Team Peter Stigter (2011)