The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions
Fashion as inspiration for art, and vice versa. This autumn, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the most exciting fashion of the moment: from a model who wears her own spotlights to jewellery as sculpture, and from the fashion show as experimental installation to clothing as a component of a film or fantasy world. Is it fashion or is it art?

H+F Fashion on the Edge has commissioned five of the best contemporary designers to make exclusive installations especially for The Art of Fashion. Viktor & Rolf, Naomi Filmer, Hussein Chalayan, Anna-Nicole Ziesche and Walter Van Beirendonck are abandoning the fashion seasons and setting to work as artists. The new works will be shown alongside existing pieces by these designers and others, including Maison Martin Margiela, Bless and Comme des Garçons.

The exhibition is made possible by H+F Fashion on the Edge. Dutch ELLE (celebrating her 20th anniversary this year) is media partner. The exhibition is being featured in the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.
The exhibition will be on view until 10 January 2010.

H+F Fashion on the Edge
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Illustrated: Viktor & Rolf,
The Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 2007/8. Centraal Museum, Loan H+F Collection.
Photo Peter Stigter, model Maryna Linchuk (DNA Models).

The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions  

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.