FUR MARBLE SHINE
Dutch fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe initiated the project Shanghai Gesture, a series of workshops in China and Amsterdam and an exhibition held at the Amsterdam fashion week 2011. Part of this project was a collaboration with the textile and fashion design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
We were assigned to create a fabric inspired by the Dutch Golden Age, roughly spanning the 17th century. The fabric later on was transformed into a coat by fashion designer Niki Mens.
The design of the fabric is inspired by the paintings of Jan Vermeer. Upon closer examination the frequent appearance of black and white tiles in the painted interior is quite noticeable. In contrast to that, one can find some rich ornamental curtains that are sidelined to give the recipient the allowance to take a look inside the room and to be part of the otherwise hidden occasion.
The created fabric attempts to translate the contrast and content of the paintings into a haptic form. The fabric consists of three different parts, a furry, a shiny and a marbling one.Each part of the fabric is accompanied by a mood-booklet that gives an impression of it’s surface and structure.
The coat was shown at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Amsterdam within the exhibition "Shanghai Gesture" in Juli–November 2011. Curated by Alexander van Slobbe.