International talent encounter at FASHIONCLASH Maastricht 2013


Last weekend FASCHIONCLASH celebrated its fifth anniversary by means of a spectacular program with shows, exhibition, performances by more than hundred
designers from all over the world.But the party is not over yet! To celebrate its fifth edition FASHIONCLASH has extended the program to nine days. This means that until the 9th of June there is a lot to explore around the city of Maastricht.Next to the traditional, fixed program with fashion shows, exhibitions and performances there is a extensive side program consisting of pop up stores, workshops and presentations present at several locations in Maastricht. In addition there is a new
exhibition taking place from Wednesday the 5th of June on, called FASHIONCLASH @ MUSEUM AAN HET VRIJTHOF

FASHIONCLASH Maastricht shows and exhibition

FASHIONCLASH Maastricht was opened on the 31st of May with shows of regional top talent Tom Van der Borght, a performance of Dennis Vanderbroeck and Sarah Tulp, the
Clash project and FASHIONCLASH film ‘Aspire’ made by Strictua. Thereafter, people could enjoy the collections of Bona Kim, AJ METS, Marta Miljanic, Franziska Michael and an extra-ordinary performance called 'The Purple Jester' of Uta Bekaia & The Ideal Glass NY.Next to the show program an exhibition took place in a particular décor made by Studio Stad, where the art of fashion spoke to imagination with the work of amongst others: Ellen Sampson, Esther Boskaljon, Thomas van der Jeught, Gerda Postma, Jivika Biervliet and Milan Stamenovic. On the second day the celebration proceeded with shows consisting of amazing collections of Dioralop, Petra Ptáčková, Pierre Antoine Vettorello, Ima Mad and Maddalena Mangialavori. Beautiful male collections by Jose Francisco Ramos, Amit Baruch and Like_me of Gertjan van der Linden were shown as well. In between the shows the public could enjoy interdisciplinary presentations of Sophie Mantel who in collaboration with choreographer Jan van Opstal and designer Lena Berens designed the performance ‘Vall collection’. Theatre maker Nina Willems showed ‘VerWeven’, a special project in which she made video presentations of several people after which she contracted a collaboration with five designers. Day three several shows were planned again with magnificent collections of Young @ Squat, label2, Jef Montes, Emre Tamer, MC FOOL by Malou Fool and Tata Christiane.Initiators Branko Popoviç and Nawie Kuiper also showed their latest male collections.Indeed, for the ones who does not know it: FASHIONCLASH was initiated by designers for designers.For everybody who missed it, don’t be sad. The FASHIONCLASH side program lasts until Sunday the 9th of June.


Starting from June 5th Museum aan het Vrijthof presents in collaboration with FASHIONCLASH the the high-profile exhibition 'FASHIONCLASH @ MUSEUM AAN HET VRIJTHOF'.
In the five years of existence, FASHIONCLASH Maastricht has grown into an international and interdisciplinary event where emerging designers from different disciplines get the opportunity to present their work. To celebrate this FASHIONCLASH has been invited by the Museum aan het Vrijthof to exhibit highlights of the recent years such as the Clash Project, FASHIONCLASH Fashion Procession 2011 and work of designer Femke Agema.In addition Museum aan het Vrijthof has also has offered a stage to young designers to display their designs and challenged them to engage in dialogue with '500 years Made in Maastricht'. Five designers from the Euregio Meuse- Rhine have been commissioned to create new work inspired by the different museum spaces: Ann Boogaerts, Bregje Cox,Gabriel Guevara, Ingo Binder and Joelle Boers.


FASHIONCLASH is founded in 2009 by a couple of friends and designers passionate about creating a fashion platform for young ‘fashion’ talents. The aim of FASHIONCLASH,
is to create a clash with fashion as a starting point. ‘Clash’ stands for an inspiring encounter of different designers, disciplines, cultures and audiences. The foundation aims to present fashion in relation to a broad range of disciplines linked to fashion. With this concept as a starting point, FASHIONCLASH initiates and organizes interdisciplinary projects and events.From the moment FASHIONCLASH started (2009) it has increasingly grown. By means of projects such as the event FASHIONCLASH Maastricht, FASHIONCLASH Market, various pop-up stores, Fashion Across Borders and numerous presentations within the Netherlands and abroad, FASHIONCLASH possesses a unique position within the international fashion industry.One of the projects is the international fashion event ‘FASHIONCLASH Maastricht’. The event has become a unique platform for upcoming national and international talents. Since 2006 over 600 talents coming from 30 different countries have joined the event. FASHIONCLASH is an initiative by Branko Popovic, Laurens Hamacher and Nawie Kuiper.

all photos by : Peter Stigter

Bona Kim
Nawie, Branko en Laurens
Tom Van der Borght

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