AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good Museum launches the new exhibition “Patchwork 2020” by Dutch designer Tess van Zalinge, exploring the boundaries of physical and digital design. As such, the opening is an entirely digital event, with a special live broadcast with Tess from her Amsterdam studio, in which she explains the process and thoughts behind her new demi-couture collection, and Fashion for Good’s Experience Manager Gwen Boon takes the audience through the exhibition in the Fashion for Good Museum. A unique virtual gathering in which, together with the public, we will discover how we can change the fashion industry.
The Patchwork 2020 expo is inspired by the most iconic pieces from Tess van Zalinge’s archive. The looks represent the designer’s signature, in which she experiments, improves and innovates. New steps are taken in terms of silhouette and fit, both on a virtual and on a craft level. In terms of craftsmanship, patchwork plays the largest role in the collection.
Gwen Boon explains: “Tess’ 2020 collection has been fully upcycled, digitally and physically created and approaches sustainability in a new way, a perfect match with our current theme at the museum ‘A Cut Above’ in which we look at the many ways that we can design, make and wear fashion differently ”.
But the exhibition is not yet complete. Tess, together with Designer Floor Nijdeken and Projectbureau-x, has created an installation especially for Patchwork 2020, where visitors to the museum can work together on a patchwork. In this way, anyone can contribute to a new demi-couture piece which Tess will finish after the exhibition; a symbolic gesture to how we can change the industry together. Designer Floor Nijdeken creates social installations using embroidery or, in this case, patchwork pieces, where different generations can work together on a collective product and thus generate engagement with visitors.
In order to share as many insights as possible behind the development of the Patchwork 2020 collection, Fashion for Good is organising exclusive tours given by Tess van Zalinge herself. A unique moment to walk through the museum with Tess and see everything up close.
Tess van Zalinge: “I would very much like to give the next generation of designers a glimpse into what the future of the design process might look like and I hope this will inspire others to design sustainably!”
The tours are scheduled for October 15th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, November 4th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM and November 26th 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Patchwork 2020 by Tess van Zalinge can be seen from October 1st to November 30th in the Fashion for Good Museum at Rokin 102 in Amsterdam. The museum is open 6 days a week, in-person visits are entirely compliant to COVID-19 regulations. We strongly recommend that visitors wear a mask and a reservation for a visit is required.
[Image credit: Vivian Hoorn