Photography: Marc Deurloo’
Praised for his brave examination of social and cultural issues through clothing, Dutch designer Bas Kosters has been creating imaginative collections since first opening his self-named studio in 2005. He’s built a reputation for bringing together disparate mediums into fashion, from collaging to sculpture, painting to doll-making—an interdisciplinary approach that provides commentary on everything from overconsumption to race, beauty ideals to gender.
This legacy, now spanning 13 years, will be archived in a forthcoming retrospective at the Netherlands’ Museum Arnhem. Curator Maarten Spruyt will create a world titled, “I want to be soft,” highlighting Kosters’ journey through a selection of his clothing, installations, drawings, textile art, soft sculptures and videos.
Starting May 14th through September 20th, attendees will be invited to immerse themselves in Kosters’ career, as well as create their own pink “Bas Kosters doll” to help promote community within the Arnhem space. In lieu of this exciting announcement, please enjoy two short fashion films, below, which both showcase how brilliantly batshit Kosters truly is.
‘Clowns Are People Too’ (AW ’14)
‘Permanent State of Confusion’ (AW ’15)