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Holland’s Passion for Fashion

As Fashion Week season heats up in New York, Paris and Milan, there’s another location fashionistas have their eyes on: the Netherlands. In fact, Amsterdam is dubbed the “Denim Capital of the World.” Home to more than 1,300 fashion designers, top design schools and operations for iconic brands, including Levi’s, Diesel, Forever 21, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and more, the Netherlands is a leader when it comes to fashion.

Here are four Dutch innovations in fashion and design that reflect the pioneering and experimental nature of the Netherlands.

3-D Outfit—Now for Your Accessories

Blog - 3D shoes

Photo: Tomas Mutsaers

The Netherlands’ Minister for Education, Culture and Science took a step forward in fashion recently, donning 3D accessories. Using revolutionary technologies, students from the Technical University Eindhoven created 3D-printed shoes and a handbag for Minister Jet Bussemaker to wear to the annual unveiling of next year’s budget. The combination of fashion and technology was a prime opportunity for Minister Bussemaker to showcase how powerful the high-tech and creative industries have become in the Netherlands.

Solar-Powered Fashion for Charging Your Phone

Blog - Solar Powered Fashion

Photo: Mike Nicolaassen

Wish you could power-up your phone on-the-go without being tied down to a charger? Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen has a solution. With van Dongen’s new energy-efficient, wearable technology, you can leave your wall plugs behind. Using solar technology, the designer uses unconventional textiles and surfaces in her clothes to provide charging power for your devices.

Futuristic Haute Couture

Blog - Dutch Designer

Designing clothes for celebrities such as Björk, Tilda Swinton and Lady Gaga, Iris van Herpen creates avant-garde designs inspired by the discoveries of scientists, architects and the military. Among her creations are pieces that mimic samurai armor, exoskeletons, origami and cocoons. Some of van Herpen’s fashions are even created by 3D printing or in laboratories.

Smart Clothing That Senses Your Surroundings

Blog - Connected Clothing

Dutch fashion-tech provocateur, Anouk Wipprecht, recently developed four “smart” dresses—all inspired by cars. The project, commissioned by Audi, aims to incorporate Audi’s automobile technology into Wipprecht’s designs. One of the dresses, dubbed the “Shield,” uses the same sensor technology Audi uses to detect other vehicles, to detect human activity instead. With the help of LED lights, the brightness of the dress increases as someone moves towards to wearer. You can watch the dress in action here.

To learn more about how the creative minds of the Netherlands are shaping the fashion industry, visit our creative industries page. Or, if you’d like to experience Dutch fashion and design up-close, we invite you to visit the Netherlands for Amsterdam Fashion Week in January.

25 September 2015

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