Friday 13 July
Whataboutery 7: #Care
During State of Fashion, a presentation, debate or talk is organised every Friday in our event space: The Whataboutery. How can we come up with solutions for the sustainability issue that is so urgent in the fashion industry? Like the exhibition, the discussions in the Whataboutery are part of the search for the new luxury. You as a visitor are cordially invited to think along critically, ask questions, and have a conversation with our special guests.
One of the steps towards a more sustainable fashion industry involves care, attention and a (re)appreciation for the garment. How can we persuade consumers to revalue the garment and no longer see it as a disposable product that is discarded after one season? But also vice versa: how can our clothing take care of us? State of Fashion’s curator José Teunissen moderates the debate on #care. Guests are Claudy Jongstra, Catherine Willems and Ruby Hoette.
Claudy Jongstra, text continues below pictures
In her studio in the Frisian town of Spannum, designer Claudy Jongstra experiments with traditional crafts such as carding, spinning and weaving. From the flock of sheep from which she processes the wool, to the manufacturing of the felt, and dying it with vegetable dyes, she keeps all the steps within the production process under her own management. By approaching craft production processes, nature, and heritage with respect, she creates products to cherish.
Catherine Willems is a designer, teacher and researcher. She teaches Footwear Design at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium. Willems graduated with a PhD in the arts. In her graduation research she combined biomechanics, anthropology and design. In 2017 she founded the Future Footwear Foundation to give her research a more sustainable character. The foundation promotes the production of shoes that are sustainable for both the body and the environment.
Ruby Hoette is a designer/researcher exploring fashion in context. She seeks to expand what constitutes ‘fashion practice’ through her critical and experimental approach which proposes alternate modes of engaging with and producing fashion by framing the garment as a unique artefact carrying traces of social, cultural and economic interactions and transactions.
Combining a visit to the exhibition with participation in the Whataboutery? Then you can have a healthy and responsible dinner at Dudok in De Melkfabriek on Friday evening.