Iris Ruisch has been appointed director of the State of Fashion Foundation as of June 1, 2023. As director, she will assume the daily management of this international fashion platform and be responsible for State of Fashion’s strategic, substantive and business policies. Until now, Ruisch was Head of Program for State of Fashion.

About Iris Ruisch
Iris Ruisch graduated from ArtEZ Fashion Design in 1998, after which she worked for several fashion houses as Head of Design. She was heavily involved in talent development for many years as Senior Design Consultant & Talent Scout at HTNK, and then became Creative Director of Amsterdam Fashion Week. In 2017, she became co-founder of Stichting M-ODE, for which she continued to build talent development and sustainable fashion entrepreneurship as Managing Director. Out of this came collaborations such as Taskforce Fashion, with partners State of Fashion and FASHIONCLASH. These organizations have represented the Netherlands in the European Fashion Alliance since 2022. She is also an Advisor on Internationalization at the Creative Industries Fund and Chair Fashion at the Dutch Design Awards. Since January 2021 till May 2022, she held the position of Head of Program for State of Fashion.

About State of Fashion
State of Fashion is an international fashion platform that connects pioneers in fashion design, research and business, and shares their ideas and innovations with the world. State of Fashion stands for critical reflection on common positions and models in the fashion industry. With a biennale, discussion programs, labs for design research, exhibitions and publications, we bring visionary ideas from the Netherlands and abroad together. Together with designers, companies, scientists, educators, consumers and other stakeholders in fashion, State of Fashion actively explores an urgently needed new fashion system.