For me, fashion is a way to address important issues existing and being fought for within society. My designs tell stories of self-image and sexuality, influenced by my artistic discoveries and personal experiences.
I take intimate autobiographical subject matter and place it in the spotlight, lifting it from the shadows and releasing the burden that surrounds it. I do not hesitate to approach uncomfortable subjects. It is within these subjects that common ground with urgent social issues exists. Sometimes the line between deviance and beauty is paper thin.
I aim to make a positive contribution to society through fashion as an art form. In my work, I explore how we humans, subject to circumstance, can move towards one another. Stereotypes, forms of censorship and family relationships are among the subjects that I investigate.
My strength lies in translating the essence of a subject into a relevant image and high-quality craftsmanship. I strive for positive materialism: the revaluation of the object, of material and craft, for its significance and as a counteraction to our throwaway culture.
In my work, I focus on creating experiences by appealing to various senses and stirring up responses. In doing so, I seek to emphasize fashion as a bearer of meaning.
Casper & Corneel
Graduation Collection, 2015
Institut Français de la Mode
My 2015 graduation collection Casper & Corneel explored what happens when conventionally female shapes and proportions are placed on a male body. In the resulting collection, feminine elements and traditional menswear tailoring come together in an abstract manner. The relationship between masculinity and femininity and the pursuit of uniting the two as a celebration of both forms the pillar of this collection.
Photography ALICE JACQUEMIN
Art direction SANG JEON
make-up en haar MAUD EIGENHEER
Modellen JOSEPH AND AXEL, ROCK MEN AGENCY IN PARIS
Lux is Crossing
Graduation Collection, 2012
ArtEZ University of the Arts
Arnhem, the Netherlands
I grew up in a small, authentic ferry port in Rotterdam, on a historic ship dating from 1929. My father went through life as a ‘masculine’ man: introverted, pipe-smoking, a real captain. While I was studying at the academy, my father came to the realisation that he was actually a woman. During this process, my image of masculinity and femininity capsized. Along with the physical aspects, her character and personality changed. I became aware of the importance and the burden of stereotypes and how fashion offers a set of prevailing ideas, a repertoire that we can choose from, as a sort of organizing universe. This source of inspiration became an important guideline for the collection Lux is Crossing.
Photograpy EMIL PABON
Art direction JORDY HUINDER
Make-up Haar CARLOS SALDEL
modellen ROCK MEN AGENCY IN PARIS
Photograpy LONNEKE VAN DER PALEN
Art direction ANNE KLUYTENAAR
Locantie GALERIE VIVID IN ROTTERDAM
ARTIST STATEMENT CASPER & CORNEEL LUX IS CROSSING CONTACT