Fetishism in Fashion: MoBA Biennale Arnhem

Last Saturday, Stylesight traveled to Arnhem in the far east of the Netherlands to attend the fifth edition of MoBA’s fashion biennial.

Curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, in collaboration with Philip Fimmano and Willem Schenk, MoBA choose the theme Fetishism in Fashion. The exhibition fully explores the expression of veiling and covering our bodies in the most extreme ways, and confronts us with our desires as we strive towards the perfect beauty.

Held at new cultural center, The Rozet, which is situated in the center of Arnhem and designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, thirteen carefully defined themes were displayed in exhibition rooms. The show began in the basement of the building in the Mood Room, which featured video, sound and photography, and provided clear insight into the psychology and pure aesthetics of the exhibition. Upstairs, fetishes continued under diverse themes, including nudism, sado-masochism, infantilism, spiritualism, absurdism, romanticism, consumerism , regionalism, patriotism , nomadism and shamanism.

This MoBA Biennale clearly demonstrates the unlimited creativity of a new international generation of fashion designers who practice a highly-experimental approach to materials, textures, detailing and shape. A roster of international designers featured in the exhibition, including Ana Rajcevic, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, Austria-based Susanne Bisovsky, Serena Gili, Emma Eddy Andersson from Sweden, Shaun Samson from the UK, Úna Burke from Ireland and Switzerland-based Manon Kündig.

Mode Biennale Arnhem will return with its sixth edition in the summer of 2015 – Mona Dekker & Samantha Fox

Maryam Kordbacheh

Katarzyna Konieczka

Dries van Noten

Issey Miyake

Rick Owens

Sabina Bryntesson

Emma Eddy Andersson

Laerke Hooge Andersen

Fabio Lattanzi

Pam Hogg

Kenji Kawasumi


Magnus Dekker

Leutton Postle

Michael Lau


Jorise de Jong

Minky Ha

Manami Sato

Kei Kagami

Simona Vanth and Arielle de Pinto

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