My earliest work experience is for Dutch designer duo Klavers van Engelen. I started as an intern for the brand during my studies at Utrecht University of the Arts.
Their aesthetic, conceptual view and contemporary signature have shaped my way of viewing fashion. This is where I laid the foundation for the way I create my designs today. Working at Klavers van Engelen taught me that you can base a collection on the simple notion of a ‘balled up piece of paper’, a ‘wisp of air’ or an ‘oil stain’ and make it conceptual, many layered and yet simplistic and aesthetic.
After graduation, they asked me to come and work for them as Assistant Designer. During my time there I have experienced how a small independent fashion label operates. I have done a variety of jobs there, as is often the case with small brands, varying from sending out packages and packing up orders, to developing patterns and samples for show pieces, to experimental draping for new shapes to drawing the looks for in their lookbook.
Regrettably the brand is no longer active and both designers are currently pursuing other careers within the field of fashion. I have tremendously enjoyed my time there and feel privileged to have been able to learn from what in my opinion has been the strongest Dutch design duo.
Images from: www.klaversvanengelen.com