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Global Wardrobe exhibition Kunstmuseum The Hague

Verantwortlicher Autor: Paola Testoni THE HAGUE (NL), 09.11.2021, 06:52 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Paola Testoni de Beaufort Bericht 35289x gelesen

THE HAGUE (NL) [ENA] Kunstmuseum Den Haag’s fashion collection was developed with a West European focus. But delve into our repository and you will soon discover common threads with other cultures all over the world. Hand-painted cotton from India, soft Chinese silk, imaginative batik designs from Indonesia and colourful variations on the Japanese kimono: each of these garments represents the world, and tells a story of inspiration and

connection. Lovely but also painful stories, for many of these textiles were made during the age of colonialism and unequal power relations. Our topical exhibition Global Wardrobe – The Worldwide Fashion Connection comes at a time when ideas about fashion as a global phenomenon and about cultural appropriation in the fashion world are in the spotlight. Kunstmuseum Den Haag will invite visitors to look beyond the splendour and see clothes as part of the world history they represent. Special attention will be focused on makers who design with an open view of the world, bringing their own cultural background to the fore.

Hippy outfit Ph Alice de Groot
Jan Taminiau’s top items in Global Wardrobe: Queen Máxima’s green and silver evening gown. ph Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Chinese coat repurposed as evening coat ph Alice de Groot

Non-European influences on the museum’s West European fashion collection will be divided chronologically into three phases: the 18th and 19th centuries, the 20th century and the present day. They represent the phases of imitation, inspiration and innovation. We have deliberately chosen not to explore this subject by region, but by period, in order to show how the prevailing view of ‘the global fashion connection’ constantly changes, and can be seen in an historical context.

In its forthcoming fashion exhibition Global Wardrobe – The Worldwide Fashion Connection Kunstmuseum Den Haag will proudly display a very special item belonging to Queen Máxima, on loan from the Royal Collections. The evening gown, designed by Dutch couturier Jan Taminiau, is based on an Indian sari. Queen Máxima wore it on a state visit to the Republic of India in 2019. The gown is part of a tradition of wearing designs on state visits made in beautiful textiles from the country in question, as Princess Beatrix often did when she was head of state, in tribute to the country’s cultural traditions.

The evening gown is made of green silk with woven silver motifs, and the design includes a drape over the right shoulder. The garment, which literally connects India and the Netherlands, is ideal suited to the story being told in Global Wardrobe, which explores 300 years of West European fashion inspired by non-European cultures. Jan Taminiau (b. 1975, Goirle) graduated from ArtEZ in Arnhem in 2001 with a bachelor’s in Fashion Design, and later obtained a master’s at the Fashion Institute in Arnhem. Shortly afterwards, in 2004, he established his own label, JANTAMINIAU, with branches in the Netherlands and Spain, and a pop-up store in China. Kunstmuseum Den Haag has several of his designs in its collection.

Special fabrics like the sari silk from India are a great source of inspiration for the couturier. “My creativity comes from looking beyond borders. Anything can give you inspiration, if you are prepared to see it. I chose this high-quality fabric from the Queen’s sari collection, in a colour that combined well with the jewellery she had selected. We both love green. Worn in the traditional Indian way, the fabric is loosely folded and twisted, and held in place using only pins and a small belt. In my version of the sari I attached the fabric to a lining so it would stay in place, a traditional European couture technique that I always use.” - Jan Taminiau

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