European fashion talent

The nomination means that Van Bergen will compete with nine other talented European fashion designers at a regional event being held in Milan in June 2013. The winner of this event will then be invited to participate in the international final in 2014. Each nominee will design a capsule collection made from Merino wool and present six sketches and one complete look to a panel of industry experts.

Fashion capital

Matthijs van Bergen is one of the many renowned fashion designers who have set up studios in Amsterdam. The city is a true fashion hub with more than 100 fashion designers working from here.

When visiting Amsterdam, it’s not hard to understand why this city has had such a long lasting love affair with creative minds through the ages. For example, in the recently reopened Rijksmuseum, amazing artefacts such as paintings by Rembrandt, one of Amsterdam’s most famous citizens, are on display. The historic city centre and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Canal Ring is also a daily source of inspiration for many. Famed for its liberal, tolerant and free-spirited image, Amsterdam has emerged as one of the world’s leading creative capitals.