Judging by it delightfully twisted campaign image, the Fashion and Textile department of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) is once again set to make a statement next week Saturday. Graduating students will present their personal visions on fashion and art during the annual show at the industrial Electriciteitsfabriek, a power station built in 1906 that is still up and running.
Directed by renowned Belgian artist Peter De Potter, head of the department Jurgi Persoons and designer Paul Boudens, the KABK’s ominous graduation campaign image sees rising cult model Suzi Leenaars swapping limbs, as well as gender possibilities. Garbed in a dress by graduate Rachael Cheong, the Glamcult darling is sure to raise expectations on what’s to come.
But there’s more! Directly after the fashion show, the exhibition EXPOSED will open to the public for three days, featuring installations from the graduation collections and textile projects alongside other work—realised in supervision of scenographer Bob Verhelst (Boijmans, MoMu). Did we mention the stakes are high?