Sonsbeek 2018 / State of Fashion
Searching for the New Luxury
2016 / 2017 / 2018
International Fashion Exhibition Arnhem / The Netherlands
The first edition of the international fashion event State of Fashion closed its doors on Sunday July 22 at 18.00 hours. In 2018, curator José Teunissen started a quest for a sustainable future for the fashion industry, dubbed “searching for the new luxury.” 27.500 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad participated in this search, by visiting the exhibition or taking part in one of over 50 events. De Melkfabriek in Arnhem, State of Fashion’s HQ, may have closed its doors, but coming fall part of the exhibition “searching for the new luxury” will be on show in Wageningen and Eindhoven.
Professional and broad audience
Visitors particularly praised the richness of the exhibition, the combination of location and subject, and the accessibility of the story that the exhibition conveys. An international audience of experts visited the Fashion Colloquium, an international conference by the ArtEZ University of the Arts in collaboration with State of Fashion, which took place just before the opening of the exhibition. But other stakeholders also contributed to the search for new definitions of luxury: more than 30 organisations gathered their networks at State of Fashion for meetings and events.
State of Fashion, now and in the future
With State of Fashion 2018 | searching for the new luxury, a unique platform has been created, with which Arnhem has once again profiled itself as an interantional fashion hub. Supported by the city’s Municipality, the province of Gelderland, the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science, and several public and private funds, and in tight cooperation with ArtEZ University of the Arts and Wageningen University & Research, State of Fashion showed that a new generation of designers is manifesting itself: visionary creators, who are led by experiment, inspired by the possibilities of materials and technologies, and who are focused outward
Video compilation of State of Fashion; Searching for the New Luxury