Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, in Arnhem, it was announced which five Arnhem-related makers have been selected from the Open Call of State of Fashion and FDFA. This happened during the information meeting about the upcoming edition of the State of Fashion Biennale | Ties that Bind that will start on May 17. This Open Call was curated by Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem (FDFA) on behalf of State of Fashion.

5 Arnhem-related makers
Hankyul Jeong together with HongKai Li and Jiwoo Lee, Raven, Batuhan Demir together with Ülkühan Akgül, Sophie Roumans and Bas Kosters will reflect on the theme of this biennial with new work. Especially for this part, an exhibition will be set up in Rozet Arnhem, which will be on view free of charge from May 17 to June 30, 2024.

Open Call
From October 2023, Arnhem-related makers could apply for the Open Call. They were asked for a plan in which makers described their idea for an installation/presentation/performance around the theme of the biennial. The selection committee, consisting of Mode Partners 025, ArtEZ, Rijn IJssel, Rozet and the curators and organization of State of Fashion 2024 and FDFA, has been considering the 24 applications over the past few weeks.

Never before for the Open Calls of FDFA did we receive so many, and substantively good, submissions. We are very excited about the diversity and versatility of fashion that the five selected entries will showcase.

Sebastiaan Kramer, Creative Director FDFA

Meet the Makers

Hankyul Joeng, HongKai Li and Jiwoo Lee

Three artists from different art fields came together and experimented with the possibility of food in fashion. The creation of this project includes the history of food, wild materials and colors, not only experimenting with the possibility of materials in fashion, but also raising awareness of equality.


Wearable Stories is a unique initiative in which underexposed stories of young people, who themselves cannot naturally participate in such festivals, are brought to life in a special way.

Batuhan Demir & Ülkühan Akgül

Ülkuhan Akgül and Batuhan Demir are a design duo, both from a Turkish immigrant family. They weave stories that transcend the ordinary. With a flair for drama and a dedication to pushing boundaries, they breathe life into stories of remarkable individuals through their bold visual expressions.

Sophie Roumans

Born in 1990, Sophie founded her eponymous label in 2018 and unveiled her debut collection at M-ODE Amsterdam. From her studio in Arnhem, she seamlessly combines her garments with conceptual design.

Bas Kosters

As an artist and designer, Bas kosters always acts from inspiration and compassion. From engagement he creates worlds populated by many exuberant, alarming and tender figures.