The annual Dutch Fashion Awards celebration took place in The Hague on the evening of Friday 30 November 2012. The theme for this year’s edition of the Dutch Fashion Awards was ‘renewal’; the very dynamic that drives the fashion phenomenon. For this year’s edition the Dutch Fashion Foundation chose to return to the way Dutch Fashion Foundation once started out: small, intimate, exclusive and pioneering, which perfectly fits the zeitgeist of 2012.
A select amount of guests from the national and international fashion industry was invited to sit back, relax and witness the catwalk presentations of the nominated designers while enjoying a light dinner prepared by the Italian chefs de cuisine of La Molisana, several wines by Italian wine estate Angelo D'Uva and dance performances choreographed by Martin Butler. It was an evening to be enjoyed by all the senses.
The annual Dutch Fashion Awards is a celebration moment for Dutch fashion. It is a ‘bullet time’ scene starring the best of Dutch fashion, created to assemble the Dutch fashion field and to boost innovative design. The Dutch Fashion Awards call the attention of the international fashion industry to the highest level of Dutch fashion talent and connects fashion creativity with commerce.
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium
During the evening of the Dutch Fashion Awards 2012 the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium 2013 was presented to Dutch fashion label Spijkers en Spijkers. This grant, initiated in 2011 by an anonymous benefactor and included in the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, consists of an amount of 50.000 euro and a passed on trophy. This oeuvre-injection enables the chosen designer to develop himself on a business as well as an artistic level. Dutch fashion designer Francisco van Benthum, who received the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium of 2012, passed the Mode Stipendium on to twin sisters Truus and Riet Spijkers of the label Spijkers en Spijkers.
Each year the receiver of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium is selected by meticulously developed criteria. The grant is intended for designers that are based in the Netherlands and have developed a minimum of fifteen collections. He or she excels in artistic qualities and expertise. Finally, the designer is a standard-bearer for Dutch fashion and Dutch culture with an international reach. For this group of advanced fashion designers there are few other funding possibilities. Thanks to the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium the designer will be able to make an essential step in his or her career. The Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium was presented for the first time in 2011 to fashion designer Ilja Visser.
Résidence de la Mode
Résidence de la Mode is especially initiated for the Dutch Fashion Awards by the city of The Hague in order to introduce Dutch fashion talents to the general public. From November 23rd until December 2nd, upcoming Dutch fashion designers present their own universes in a number of locations throughout the city centre of The Hague.