State of Fashion

STATE OF FASHION | ‘THE NEW LUXURY’
ARNHEM, 1 JUNE – 1 JULY 2018


State of Fashion

State of Fashion is a four-yearly fashion event dedicated to a sustainable future, based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. An international and interdisciplinary platform for ideas, experiment, research, and collaboration, State of Fashion brings together designers, companies, and educators in fashion and textiles with a shared aim of making their industry more forward-thinking, fairer and more ecologically sound. The event follows in the footsteps of the successful Arnhem Fashion Biennale, initiated by ArtEZ Fashion Design and the City of Arnhem, which had five editions between 2007 and 2013. State of Fashion, organised by the Sonsbeek International foundation, is supported by the City of Arnhem and has ArtEZ and the Museum Arnhem as its main partners.

The New Luxury
The first State of Fashion, opening its doors on 1 June 2018 under the title ‘The New Luxury’, will be curated by Jose Teunissen, Dean of the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion. An internationally acclaimed researcher, author, and curator, Jose Teunissen recently realised the exhibition ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’, shown at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. ‘The New Luxury’ will explore new definitions of ‘luxury’ against the backdrop of urgent environmental and social issues: less waste and less pollution, more equality, well-being, and inclusivity. New (bio-)technologies, digital platforms, and manufacturing processes will be explored for their potential to overturn conventional concepts of luxury and set a more responsible agenda for the future of the industry. State of Fashion 2018 | ‘The New Luxury’ will provide a platform for ground-breaking current research as well as initiate cross-disciplinary experimental collaboration, preceding and extending beyond the event.