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Last week I visited an exhibition called The Hoerengracht in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum. It’s about prostitution all around the world.

The exhibition, initiated by Edward and Nancy Kienholz has been exhibited all over the world, and now there is a chance to see it in Amsterdam. The exhibition starts with paper mache dolls, behind the windows, dressed in lingerie.

There are also some very intriguing photography about prostitues. At the end of the exhibition (my favorite part) were three outfits by the Dutch designers Mada van Gaans, Bas Kosters and EnD. On the wall, there was a sort of vending machine with rings in it, in stead of food. Above the machine it said ‘be nice to a girl, buy here a ring.’

The exhibition closes with a production by Lidewij Edelkoort. Photographs and images put into a film.

All in all, a very intriguing exhibition about the taboos on prostitution. You can find more information about the exhibition on their website. It can be visited untill the end of August 2010.

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This week, I visited the exhibition Zwart (Black) in the Antwerp’s Fashion Museum. An exhibition filled with the most beautiful black gowns by Givenchy, dressed made of hair by Iris van Herpen, a movie by Gareth Pugh and more.

Not just designs we’ve seen on the catwalk, but also hystorical and traditional black clothing along with the history of the black clothes. Of course, the Little Black Dress by Coco Chanel couldn’t be absent.

There is even, how unruly, a black wedding gown by the brilliant Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf made of black silk satins.

As we see in the art of painting, black  is a genius way of playing with the light. That is way this exhibition closes with the part ‘Meesters van het licht’ (Masters of the light). Outfits made out of feathers, synthetic hair, lace or 3D-creations. That is where you’ll find some genius pieces by Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Patrick van Ommeslaeghe and Alexander McQueen.

Definitely a must-see. If you are under 26 years, the exhibition will only cost you 1 euro.

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Day 2 of my report from London during London Fashion Week 2010

DAY 2
Almost the entire day was spend in the gallery along with Mada van Gaans, Bas Kosters, Non by Kim and employees of the Dutch Fashion Foundation. The rainy weather did not stop us from exploring the well known Dover Street Market at the end of the day. Little did we know, that Dover Street Market was not that known by the folks on the streets, which made it a little harder to find.  Nevertheless, we were unstoppable.  

WINDOW SHOPPING
We were asthonished by the beautiful shops at Bondstreet (Mulberry! Miu Miu! Chanel!) and got overexited by the beautiful windows. Dover Street Market was a pleasure for the eye aswell. The beautiful garments by Comme des Garçons, Peter Pilotto, Azzedine Alaia, Hussein Chalayan and Lanvin in combination with the explicit shoes by Pierre Hardy got our creative minds work.  

VINTAGE
When in London, you can’t go without at least one visit to a vintage store. Tired of strolling around through the rain, we took a cab to Brick Lane: a street filled with vintage shops and all sorts of cute restaurants and bars. And not just that, there were also lots of boutiques with a special range of diversity of labels like Margiela, Balenciage and more.  

DINNERTIME
Of course, we enjoyed a typical English meal once again (pizza…) we got into a biological Italian restaurant that was a interiour shop aswell. Along with the Dutch designers we enjoyed our very tasty light pizza. Mmm! 

BEDTIME
All in all: a day in sign of research. Fabrics, labels, windows and stores where Dutch design would fit well!

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So, I’ve been so busy this week. I was in London, assisting the Dutch designer Mada van Gaans during London Fashion Week. I reported for ELLE.nl, I have translated it for you! Enjoy!

Mada van Gaans and other Dutch designers are showing their fashion during London Fashion Week in a Dutch Cultural Pop-up Space. 

DUTCH CULTURAL POP-UP SPACE
In the centre of London (Riding House street 40/42) is a space especially for Dutch designers Mada van Gaans, Bas Kosters, Iris van Herpen, EnD, Conny Groenewegen and Non by Kim. After a couple of hours building up the gallery – and a visit by Iris van Herpen who showed her collection on saturdaynight – de space is completely transformed to a chic showroom filled with designs from Holland. The windows are amazing. 

NOW THAT WE ARE HERE….
It is a must to explore the city. Especially when you see all the creative, fashionable types that seem to have taken over the city. From extraordinaire facial decoration to the coolest undergroundpeople covered in piercings: it is very visible that there is a fashionfeast going on in town.

Mada notices the love for leg-fashion in London, people show their legs in such a sophisticated way. Besides that, the gallant nature of the men is a pleasure. Allready two gentlemen have offered to carry our bags. When will these guys visit Holland?!

FASHION WEEK
Around the area of London Fashion Week (SummerSetHouse) is so much going on. Expositions, fashion exhibitions and an unusual amount of talented designers showing their designs in a ‘pass-only’ area. We even ran in to Diane  – Black Widow of Fashion – Pernet, and after Bas Kosters en Mada van Gaans chatting with her, we saw all that talent that showed in here.

To our surprise we saw a exact kopy of a Fong Leng golden ruffles pants at a designer, which name I shall not name. Outside there are lots of people ready with their SLR camera’s, ready to shoot all those fashionable people.

LONDEN BY NIGHT
After enjoying a typical English meal – eh.. Thai – we grab a cab and go to East-West London for an underground bar/café. It’s filled with tiny paintings, a moving horse head, walldecorations, garden gnomes and the toilet is a true photo-exhibition about fashionable London. The music is a great mix of 80’s music and poprock, and tout fashionable London sings a long.

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