The Future of Fashion is Now
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 11 October 2014 / 18 January 2015

This exhibition, an initiative of Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge, the cooperation between Han Nefkens, José Teunissen and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is showing the fashion of the future, with work by designers including Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Coppens, Hussein Chalayan and Rejina Pyo.

The latest generation of fashion designers takes a critical view of the current fashion system. They are coming up with innovative solutions and fresh designs at the cutting edge of fashion and art. Sustainability, futuristic technologies and the social value of clothes are themes with which these designers address the fashion of the future. 'The Future of Fashion is Now' shows clothes and accessories but also videos and installations.

The exhibition will show work by more than fifty international designers, from renowned fashion houses to young up-and-coming talent. The Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf will respond to the present fashion system with a Zen garden and pleas to move more slowly with greater spirituality. Designer Wang Lei from China makes traditional Chinese costumes from woven toilet tissue and the English Carole Collet explores sustainable materials in her experiments with lace patterns that grow from strawberry plants. The hand-knitted creations by Pyuupiru from Japan offer the wearer a new identity, free from the restricting influence of the human body. Technological innovations also offer designers new approaches to what fashion could be in the future. Charging a smartphone while travelling is easy with the jacket from Pauline van Dongen’s 'Wearable Solar Project'.

Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Award

Six fashion designers made a new work exclusively for the exhibition, enabled by the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Award. They shared their working process on the new online platform www.futureoffashion.nl.

'The Future of Fashion is Now' is made possible through the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (made possible by Breeman Talle Fonds), the BankGiro Loterij, the K.F. Hein Fund and the Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht. Vogue Nederland is media partner for the exhibition.

More information: www.boijmans.nl

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.