Since 2009, FASHIONCLASH is the opportunity for young, uprising designers and artists to present their work to a variety of influential personalities within the fashion industry. The festival takes place in Maastricht and shows the art of fashion in the broadest sense of the word. The work presented is all related to fashion through textile, photography, video, jewellery, dance and more.
This year the 9th edition of FASHIONCLASH took place from June 29 – July 2, in Maastricht as always. One of the big events of the festival was the show of designer, Steven van de Ryt. Steven started by studying “fashion techniques” where he developed a passion for craftsmanship and technique. His graduation collection was shown at the Dutch Design Week in 2011. In 2012, he started his study at the School for the Arts in Utrecht. In his 3rd year, his collection was selected to be displayed at a special in-store event in the high-end warehouse, De Bijenkorf. He then did a 5 month internship for the renowned fashion house, Viktor&Rolf, in Amsterdam. He graduated in 2016 with his collection called, Couture De Jour with which he received multiple award nominations in the Netherlands, German and Italy. The collection was then published in high-end magazines such as Harper’s bazaar UK and Vogue Talents Italia SS17.
The designs he presented for FASHIONCLASH lived up to the expectations. Very haute-couture, the collection was extravagant but chic at the same time. Ruffles and pleats were flowing through the catwalk. Steven definitively could not satisfy himself with a dull collection and we can assure you that it was not one. Every outfit surprised you more than the previous one. The designer has started on the right path to success and we can be sure you will see a lot more of him in the future.