The State of Fashion Biennale | Ties that Bind concluded with great success on June 30. We are proud to announce that we welcomed an impressive 48,000 visitors before and during the Biennale, from May 16 to June 30.

With the central theme Ties that Bind, the State of Fashion Biennale in the summer of 2024 explored the complex interweavings between tradition, indigenous knowledge, and the political potential of clothing. This edition highlighted creative practices in fashion, textiles, and contemporary art from the Global South. The decentralised biennale, curated by Louise Bennetts and Rachel Dedman in collaboration with Sunny Dolat, Kallol Datta, and Hanayrá Negreiros, took place in Arnhem, Nairobi, Bengaluru, and São Paulo. Together with artists, makers from around the world, and the public, an in-depth dialogue was conducted about the power and meaning of clothing in various cultures.

With more than 48,000 visitors participating in the rich programme offerings in the three sister sites, as well as in the ‘home site’ of Arnhem, with main locations at the Rembrandt Theatre, Rozet, Museum Arnhem, and Plaatsmaken, the turnout was impressive. The biennale received rave reviews and extensive media attention both domestically and internationally.

“We look back on a successful edition of the State of Fashion Biennale 2024,” said Iris Ruisch, director of State of Fashion. “For the first time, we have actively connected various practices within a local context. We are grateful that through this unique approach, we have achieved the intended impact with our Biennale both within and outside the Netherlands and have been able to deliver a meaningful programme, continuing our quest for change! We look back on a very fruitful collaboration with everyone involved and look forward to a healthy fashion culture where everyone is seen and appreciated!”

We would like to thank all the visitors and everyone involved in the realisation of ‘Ties that Bind’ for their contributions.