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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 was filled with museum visites. I also visited the Centraal Museum in Utrecht where the exhibition ‘Stof tot nadenken’ by Alexander van Slobbe was.

A complete exhibition about the Dutch designer Alexander van Slobbe and his label Orson + Bodil. You will see the vision of the designer, his minimalistic yet advanced designs and there is even room to make your own Alexander van Slobbe dress.

The exhibition starts with the fabrics that Alexander uses and the way he adapts the fabrics he uses. Halfway the exhibition, the room is filled with hanging mannequins wearing the minimalistic designs. On the floor you can see the patterns that are used for these designs.

The exhibition closes with an area where you can get behind the sewing-machine and make your own Alexander van Slobbe dress. The only thing you have to do is bring your own fabrics.

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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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