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Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fashion Show 2021
Saturday 26 June
Pre-Reserved, Tt. Vasumweg 119, 1033 SG Amsterdam
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12:00–12:40 | 13:00–13:40 | 14:00–14:40
15:00–15:40 | 16:00–16:40 | 17:00–17:40

Welcome to the Rietveld Academie Fashion Show, presenting the Fashion Department graduates of 2021.

For the second year in a row, our students had to study and graduate under the challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The influence of which has escaped none of us, and its lasting effects are yet to be understood.

I can assure you, however, that notable changes in attitudes and ambitions, and evolving ideas about our education, were already convincing enough for us to embark on an experimental journey before we were forced to a halt by this virus.

It was in fact this group of students who graduate this summer, that confronted us from the moment they joined our Fashion Department, with their refusal to perform just to meet standards set by the fashion industry.

We’d seen it coming forever, but suddenly the momentum was there to act. In December 2019 the Rietveld Fashion Department decided to abandon the runway show format and start our exploration of alternative ways in which ‘fashion’ can speak with its audience. With it, the definition of ‘fashion’ itself comes under constant evaluation. If there is anything typically ‘Rietveld’ about the way we approach our fashion education, it is that our students are actively encouraged to find out for themselves what ‘fashion’ is or can be, and how they want to express themselves in relation to it.

My team and I proudly present to you the class of 2021; Emma Lou Burkel, Chiara Frenzel, Karly Gerharts, Emilia Christina Honnebier, Riun Jo, Roxane Mbanga, Bonnie Ogilvie and Gosha Woch. They all travelled deeply personal, uncertain and sometimes rocky roads to find their way of expressing themselves in the outer limits of an expanding fashion discipline, and of presenting their hard work and vision to the world.

All I would like to say to you, our audience, is to come and see, to come closer, to open up and linger for a moment in their beautiful minds.

Niels Klavers
Head of Fashion Department


Head of Fashion Department: Niels Klavers
Curation: Eduardo Léon | Avoidstreet
Production: Py Tswang Jin
Show Directors: Bas Andrea and Nathalie Haelermans | House of Orange
Light Design: Studio Prokop in technical collaboration with JUR
Sound Design: Fabian Reichle
Show Video: Lonneke van der Palen and Giovanni Salice
Show Photography: Sanne Peper
Graphic Design and Website: Dongseok Min, Karl-Emil Bengtson, Theodora Jacobs and Wooryun Song
Fundraising: Beatrice Puijk
Research Fellows: Mika Perlmutter and Mo Veld
PR & Communication: Jan Schoon, Martijn den Boer i.c.w. Public Rietveld and Mo Veld
Food & Beverages: Daily Dog
Crew Catering: Oh My Guts

GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE FASHION SHOW 2021 is made possible with the generous support of Keep an Eye Foundation and Meester Koetsier Foundation.

Special thanks to the Executive Board of Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Pre-Reserved, tutors of the Fashion department (Ernst van der Hoeven, Ferdinand Schmeits, Mo Veld, Mika Perlmutter, Oscar Raaijmakers, Philipp Schueller and Riette Wanders), the Graphic Design department (Bart de Baets, Dongseok Min, Karl-Emil Bengtson, Theodora Jacobs and Wooryun Song), Fashion Workshop (Sonja Kip), Textile Workshop (Ea Polman, Berber Soepboer, Nicky den Breejen, Sanne Bax), Public Rietveld, GRA Audio Visual Services, Anouk Beckers, Anouk van Klaveren, Comfort Ball, Emirhan Akin, Hendrickje Schimmel, Lenn Cox, Ninke Bloemberg, Rita Ouedraogo, Rolien Zonneveld, Romy Day Winkle, Sandra Kassenaar, Tabitha Swanson, Taka Taka, Ting Gong, Tracian Meikle and many more.


This website is made for the GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE FASHION SHOW 2021
Text: Mo Veld
Graphic design: Dongseok Min, Karl-Emil Bengtson, Theodora Jacobs and Wooryun Song
Coördinated and coached by: Bart de Baets, Eduardo Leon, Py Tswang Jin and Public Rietveld