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Preview: Arnhem Mode Biennale

Preview: Arnhem Mode Biennale

In recent years the Netherlands’ Arnhem Mode Biennale, a conceptual fusion of fashion, art, and design, has featured installations from Prada, Rodarte, Maison Martin Margiela and Thom Browne. This June, the Biennale returns with a series of interactive exhibits, fashion films and lectures, inviting its visitors to experience all facets of fashion.

blog-Arnhem-Mode-Biennale-01.jpgNicholas Kirkwood and the Keith Haring Foundation’s installation

One particularly wacky facet comes from Nicholas Kirkwood and the Keith Haring Foundation’s installation, which includes a collection of nine pairs of shoes inspired by Haring in a space made to replicate his infamous Pop Shop. “This has been a passion project,” says Kirkwood. “I actually studied fine art at Central Saint Martins and the combination of fashion and art is very interesting for me. I never claim to be an artist. I’m a designer. But I think there are areas in which they can merge, and that overlap is exciting,” he adds. Using Swarovski crystals, which shimmer on a pair of thigh-high roller boots, embroidery and other unexpected materials, Kirkwood brings Haring’s work into the third dimension. Pop-y platforms and ankle boots are printed with the artist’s graffiti and a pair of sea foam pumps, as well as a set of pink-laced cutout booties, feature Haring’s primitive figures in place of heels.

blog-Arnhem-Mode-Biennale-02.jpgThe Siki Im installation

In another instillation, Siki Im, an architect-turned-designer and the winner of the 2010 Ecco Domani Menswear Award, in collaboration with his former architecture firm, Architectonics, creates a futuristic structure inspired by a deconstructed blazer. “My instillation gives people a new perspective of an everyday object,” he says. “And I hope I can offer people an experience that inspires them to question their relationship towards fashion and architecture.” The designer’s multi-dimensional space will also feature his Fall/Winter 2011 film and a soundscape he created with Travis Thatcher. “I feel this space is a perfect metaphor for my brand and I’m thankful that I can express myself with different media. It’s quite liberating.”

The Arnhem Mode Biennale will run from June 1st through July 3rd. For additional information, visit

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