Fashion for your body and/or walls

Young designers Schepers Bosman craft clothes like artworks.

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Following their recent success at Amsterdam Fashion Week, Glamcult had to delve into the creative minds behind collective label Schepers Bosman. Talking to this young power duo—comprising Sanne Schepers and Anne Bosman—we learnt all about their Dutch pride and new-gen designs that double up as two-dimensional artworks.

Your new collection is named Flat and Dutch. Why?

We come from The Netherlands and don’t hide this fact; we love Dutch design. Our designs are crafted with a two-dimensional perspective. All details (insides, finishing, prints) are created in a similar way to how graphic artists and architects work. They become alive and three-dimensional when a person wears them. Until then the garments don’t need a person to become interesting, they can be accepted as a painting or as a piece of graphic art.

What inspired the two of you to join forces and form one label?

The creative collaboration is interesting for us to combine our different ways of working. Sanne is much more a two-dimensional crafts designer, whereas Anne thinks more about the three-dimensional, technical effect. What would happen if you combine the two?

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Flat and Dutch is based on the principle of “camouflaging by standing out and creating confusion in which the perspective disappears”. How was this concept born and how did you visually explore it?

Our design signatures are very different as an outcome, but we think the same way. By using the principle of ‘dazzle camouflage’ we wanted to make an assemblage of the designs coming together in a way that makes them unrecognizable. The viewer will recognize details from our individual signatures, but the whole design will blend into something new, as our aesthetics are combined. We achieved this by cutting up our own designs and sticking them back into new shapes in a collage-like motion.

What is it about “innovation without losing timelessness” that you find so crucial to maintain?

Why does fashion becomes outdated so quickly, but does art and product design gain more value over time? We approach our fashion works as product designs that could be viewed as pieces of art. Something you would want to put on the wall—when not wearing it.

What’s next for Schepers Bosman? 

London and/or Paris!

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www.schepersbosman.com

 

Words by Lottie Hodson

Photography: Team Peter Stigter