Modebelofte 2014 exhibition showcases "innovative" graduate fashion

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Modebelofte 2014 exhibition showcases "innovative" graduate fashion

Dutch Design Week 2014: experimental garments designed by this year's crop of fashion graduates from around Europe are brought together at this exhibition in an Eindhoven nightclub (+ slideshow).

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014

Modebelofte 2014 follows previous editions of the graduate fashion exhibition, organised by Eindhoven boutique You Are Here for the annual Dutch Design Week event in the city.

Following last year's edition located in a former fire commander's house, You Are Here founder Ellen Albers teamed up with designers Harm Rensink and Niek Pulles to take over a nightclub and curate the selection of outfits for 2014.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Ida Gro Christiansen (Royal College of Art MA, London)

Titled Seductive Precursor, this year's exhibition brings together menswear and womenswear designers from institutions in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Tijme Veldt (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam)

"The great thing about having an exhibition of graduates is that they're completely fresh, they're showing us their world, their universe," said Rensink. "They're not limited by commerciality or money, which makes them inventive."

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Flora Miranda (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp)

Designers chosen to exhibit were selected for their use of new materials, techniques and forms.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Charlotte Tydeman (Central Saint Martins, London)

"We looked for how people used fabric in innovative ways or used fabrics not usually used in fashion and integrated into garments, as well as new materials made by the designers themselves," said Harm Rensink. "Also those exploring what the human silhouette is."

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Bastian Visch (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague)

Examples include work by Emma Hardstaff from Central Saint Martins in London, who coated fur in an iridescent green paint and then peeled it apart again to create a shimmering textured effect.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Fiona O'Neill (Central Saint Martins, London)

Bands of soft fabric are layered between hard rings of resin to form a dress by Vera Roggli, formerly of ArtEZ in Arnhem.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Jessica Mort (Central Saint Martins Fashion Masters, London)

Fiona O'Neill created a painted dress with a distorted silhouette framed by black outlines for her Central Saint Martins graduation collection.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Sonia Aissaoui (ArtEZ Fashion Masters, Arnhem)

Also, Ida Gro Christiansen designed garments with exaggerated bouncing shapes for her show at London's Royal College of Art.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Fien Ploeger (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam)

The exhibition is split over three main rooms that lead on from one another, which all have black walls and ceilings from the building's use as a nightclub.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Adam Marc James (University of Westminster, Fashion Course)

White marble pebbles are piled all over the floor and a jungle of plants illuminated with neon lights is created in the back room.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Jurjen van Houte (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam)

"We wanted to create an exhibition as if you're in some kind of vacuum," said Rensink. "The pebbles on the floor don't have any relation to your house or your school, so when you come in it's like a new world"

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Anita Hirlekar (Central Saint Martins Fashion Masters, London)

"The outfits aren't really wearable in daily life, but if the space doesn't relate to daily life then you have a different view on them."

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Chiara Siahaan (ArtEZ, Arnhem)

One outfit per designer is displayed on a black mannequin that's contorted into an un-natural pose.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Adam Marc James (University of Westminster, Fashion Course)

Some are suspended from the ceiling in Matrix-style frozen jumps, while others are stood awkwardly on the ground.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Marije Seijn (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam)

Glass display cases set into one of the dividing walls are used to present accessories that pair with the garments.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Inna Stein & Caroline Rohner (Weissensee School of Art MA, Berlin)

Modebelofte 2014 is open at Stratumseind 34-36 for the duration of Dutch Design Week, which continues until 26 October.

Modebelofte exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2014
Yiyu Chen (ArtEZ Fashion Masters, Arnhem)