Mermaids have always been popular whether you believe the happy ever after Ariel version or, like me, your parents read you the original Hans Christian Andersen tale featuring daggers, blood and pain. You can also read the difference between mermaids and sirens as the two are often conflated.
Parents Leo and Denise Bergsen were looking for a mermaid tail for their daughter who wanted one and couldn’t find one anywhere in the country. They decided set up a shop called Dutch Tails in Spijkenisse, South Holland that caters to the mermaid inclined, including professional mermaids. They make and sell mermaid outfits and also sell ‘monovins’ and fun swim stuff.
The couple say that very few boys have asked for a mermaid tail and that besides the hordes of little girls ages 6 to 12 who want one, more and more teenagers and adults are asking as well. “Blue is the most popular colour, then pink and purple. Orange not so much.”
(Link: www.z24, Photo of mermaid by Jolante van Hemert, some rights reserved)
Tags: costumes, mermaid
After failing to make it to the semi-finals, Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis did scoop up a Eurovision-related prize (not ‘price’ dear award people) in the end: the 2015 Barbara Dex Award for the worst dressed.
“She surprised the Eurovision audience with a navel-deep cleavage during the rehearsals, but then changed into a parachute-like suit. She gained 1324 votes. Number two was Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov with 605 votes. The top three is concluded with the UK’s 20’s couple Electro Velvet with just 397 votes. A record-breaking total of 4163 votes were cast this year.”
The cleavage dress was original, but detracted from her actual singing talent, a choice that could have gone either way. However, the black parachute of death she wore in the end also detracted from her talent. There’s no lack of design talent in the Netherlands, which makes one wonder why these wardrobe choices were made.
(Link: www.telegraaf.nl, screenshot YouTube)
Tags: dress, Eurovision, Trijntje Oosterhuis
I read the article ‘Yves Saint Laurent advert banned for using ‘unhealthily underweight’ model’, but only when I read a Dutch article did I find out that the banned advert featured 18-year-old Dutch model Kiki Willems from Maastricht.
I can’t judge if she has a weight or eating disorder, but I can say that there are many tall, thin yet healthy Dutch girls and women around me that have diets ranging from strict vegan to burgers and fries.
According to a Limburg radio interview with a Vogue fashion expert Willem has been a ‘plank’ her whole life. And yes many Dutch people are apparently offended by the advert. Arguing that seeing super thin models sends a bad signal to girls is surely a valuable point, but it’s funny how with today’s trend of using bigger models nobody is pulling adverts saying that big models promote bad eating habits because that would be fat-shaming and assuming they eat poorly.
France has a specific BMI for models that can be circumvented if we believe the media, the UK has the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) monitoring adverts and the Netherlands to my knowledge has nothing but opinions.
(Links: www.waarmaarraar.nl, www.l1)
Tags: fat-shaming, Kiki Willems, Maastricht
Dutch industrial designer Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, who uses 3D scanning to produce unique custom-made dresses, calls the technique she uses ‘digital tailoring’. She also claims that going to a shop that will scan you and make clothes for you is probably not that far off, either.
Her Master’s graduation project at the Eindhoven University of Technology ‘This Fits Me’ is called the way it is because the clothing is fitted specifically to someone’s body using 3D scanning techniques and generative design, explained in the video which was filmed in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2014.
(Link and screenshot: www.dezeen.com)
Tags: 3D, Eindhoven University of Technology, wearables
During the Paris Fashion Week 2015, Viktor & Rolf presented dresses with ‘floral patterns and appliquéd petals’ , inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Models also adorned lots of straw and wheat, evoking the luscious French fields he loved to paint.
The fabrics were wax-dyed and block-printed using a batik technique by Dutch fabric company Vlisco, better known in Africa than in Europe for its very colourful fabrics.
Art collector Han Nefkens has acquired three of the pieces for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
(Link and photo: www.dezeen.com)
Tags: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Viktor & Rolf, Vincent van Gogh
Dom Pérignon has collaborated with Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen to produce a limited-edition champagne box and 3D-printed sculpture, as part of its Power of Creation project (not the bottles in the picture, the ones in the video)
Iris van Herpen’s gift packs were created specifically for the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004, drawing inspiration from concepts of metamorphosis and the length of time involved in making Dom Pérignon. Each box is signed by the designer and bears a sprawling, crystal-like green graphic set on a black backdrop.
There’s a video by German-born fashion photographer Daniel Sannwald to accompany the product, which I had to sign into to prove my age. The video also features some of Van Herpen’s creations and a nice dark green tone that just works for me.
(Link: www.dezeen.com, Photo of Dom Pérignon bottles by cherrylet, some rights reserved)
Tags: champagne, Iris van Herpen
In a fashion/IT edition of ‘Zoek de Nederlander’ (‘Find the Dutch person’), it wasn’t Apple’s new Apple Watch, iPhone 6 or even the band U2 that stole the show at its latest product launch in Califormia, but Dutch IT designer Tommy Krul’s tube scarf, earning him the nickname of ‘Scarf Guy’. Dutch-born Krul is founder and CTO of Super Evil Megacorp in San Francisco and was presenting the new game Vainglory, specially developed for the iPhone 6.
Apple’s on stage presenters are reputed for being casually dressed, and Krul was no exception. For reasons that only the Internet understands his purple ‘infinity’ scarf took on a life of its own on Twitter and Facebook during the presentation. Fake Twitter accounts such as @scarfbro and @purplescarfguy have started up and comparisons to other scarf-wearing celebs such as Gavin Rossdale and Lenny Kravitz (and I would add Benedict Cumberbatch, as himself and as Sherlock) have been made. People want to know if he’s single, but Krul hasn’t provided an answer. All he has said apparently is “I often wear scarves, it’s funny.”
(Link: www.rtlnieuws.nl, Photo of men’s scarf by smittenkittenorig, some rights reserved)
Tags: Zoek de Nederlander
The king of tracksuits, media phenomenon and self-proclaimed stylist Roy Donders, has gotten himself in a spot of bother over his last name.
Donders is involved in a loyalty scheme for the Jumbo supermarket chain that lets football fans save up for a garish orange tracksuit (dubbed cheering suit) as part of the commercial frenzy leading up to this year’s World Cup and has lent his name to the slogan “We geven ze op hun donders” (‘let’s give ‘em hell’, except that ‘donder’ means ‘thunder’).
This, according to Telegraaf, angered shoppers in the bible belt for an as yet unexplained reason. Citizens of Barneveld asked the local supermarket to remove all advertising for the scheme. The store manager gave into their demands.
Ma Donders was furious, Omroep Brabant wrote: “I don’t know what kind of faith these people have, but Donders is our last name. You cannot change that.” Meanwhile the issue has become moot because of a run on the hideous tracksuits—Jumbo claim to have run out. A spokesperson told Omroep Brabant that sales felt like “Christmas in May”.
See also: Tracksuit king Roy Donders quits his house parties
(Photo of Donders holding his track suit’s jacket: Jumbo.)
Tags: Barneveld, Jumbo, Roy Donders, supermarkets, World Cup 2014
Céline Manz is a Zürich-born, Amsterdam-based photographer who graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2013. Earlier this year she published Hungry for Love, a book in which she cuts up titillating images to highlight their innate ridiculous nature. Sexy becomes silly really fast.
At least, that’s what I thought. New Dawn is not as sure about Manz’s intentions: “The reader has no choice but to remain unsatisfied. The result looks like Terry Richardson’s visual language (he gets a ‘thank you’ note in the book), but no clear stock can be made from this fleshy stew. Satisfying or lust inducing?”
Judge for yourself (note: decidedly NSFW). You can buy a print copy or download a PDF version of the book at Manz’s website.
Terry Richardson is an American photographer known for his amateur aesthetic, mature subject matter and controversial shoots. In 2001 he worked on an advertising campaign for Sisley also called Hungry for Love that Manz appears to have used as the basis for her book.
Manz is not the first Swiss-born, Amsterdam-based photographer we’re looking at this month.
Tags: appropriation, Céline Manz, collage, Fashion, sexuality, Terry Richardson
Arnhem has just launched a new city marketing campaign that revolves around its role as a fashion city, entitled ‘Arnhem krijgt jou plat’, which translates to an amusing risqué joke.
‘Getting someone flat’, if you were to translate it literally in Dutch implies ‘laying someone’, as in ‘getting them laid’, and now you can see where I’m going with this. On the one hand, shopping in Arnhem for fashion will tire you out, sort of ‘shop till you drop’ thing, but on the other, if Arnhem can ‘get you vertical’, then their city marketing has done its job well.
The idea is that you can study fashion in Arnhem at ArtEZ, there’s the fashion quarter in Klarendal featuring many shops by up and coming designers, there’s the Fashion Festival Arnhem in the summer, and more. World famous Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf both met and studied in Arnhem.
(Link: www.adformatie.nl, Photo by Amsterdam copywriter Remco Janssen)
Tags: Arnhem, city marketing, Viktor & Rolf