On arriving at the venue, a former office complex designed by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, guests were led through a series of corridors to take their seats around a circular catwalk.

The show opened with a selection of designs created by the year one students, followed by year two. This was followed by the collections of the seven graduating designers: Emma Torsteinsrud, Krystian Sokolowski & Vincent Ludwig, Laetitzia Campbell, Karis Lindelien, Erika Jonasson, Bodil Ouedraogo and Mika Perlmutter.

The designs were bold and conceptual, incorporating unexpected materials into fabrics and playing with exaggerated proportions to create original silhouettes. Each designer exhibited a distinct point of view, with themes varying from cultural diversity to family heritage, constructs of masculinity and reclaimed quilting. As carefully constructed as they were conceptual, the students displayed admirable attention to detail, sending out well-fitting garments demonstrating a high level of technical expertise. Following the show, the models gathered in the venue’s foyer, grouped together against projected backdrops or gathered around art installations, allowing the audience to take a closer look at the garments and consider the collections as a whole.

Gerrit Rietveld Academy fashion show

From the collection by Bodil Ouedraogo. Photo by Team Peter Stigter.

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is one of Europe’s most prestigious arts institutions named in honour of Gerrit Rietveld, one of the Netherlands’ greatest artists and architects  artists. Its fine arts and design programmes are taught primarily in English across a variety of disciplines. Every year, the school opens its doors to the public for its Graduation Show – a large-scale exhibition that showcases the current students’ work. The next Graduation Show takes place from 3 until 7 July 2019.

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