Jan 17, 2018 | By Samuel Trotman
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Miles Johnson and Lizzie Kroeze resurrect the stunning Indigo Rooster once again for a special exhibition during Amsterdam Denim Days last week.
Earlier last year we wrote about a unique denim exhibition and event in Amsterdam called Indigo Rooster. Originally initiated by Miles Johnson of Levi’s Vintage Clothing, the presentation showcased the designers incredible archive of indigo textiles and clothing that he’d collected from his travels over the past 8 years. For the debut show, Johnson tastefully curated his prized indigo-dyed specimens that included an array of artisan crafts from remote corners of the globe to form a stunning retrospective of indigo culture.
With such a well received reception, Blueprint invited Miles and his new indigo protégé, Lizzie Kroeze of Facing West to help curate the second coming. The pair have been friends for years, finding much in common in their passion for all things indigo, workwear and hand repairs. This time round, the duo combined their (both) vast and varied collections, selecting new and unseen pieces and styling them in a new format.
Housed at the entrance of Blueprint, the exhibition treated visitors to a visual feast as they came through the grand doors of Zuiveringshal, Westergasfabriek. Taking a similar aesthetic to the previous edition, the pair tastefully filled the space with vintage furnishings, wall hangings and 16 strikingly beautiful mannequins that stood along the centre of the space. Lizzie’s quilts, both vintage and her own creations, formed a captivating backdrop, while the antique blocks were layered with everything from denim aprons to Japanese kimonos, boro textiles or Mexican blankets. A strong Navajo and peasant theme was felt throughout with rich ethnic patterns and antique textures combined with dusty and faded indigo tones. A small section was also dedictaed to Japan, with sashiko textiles, shibori patterns and a small collection of beautiful baby pieces. Lizzie took us through the exhibition and highlighted some of her favourite pieces and looks:
On one of the looks Miles styled Lizzie said “To me she looks like a female musketeer painter. She’s wearing an orange tab cowboy hat from the ’70s, a hercules apron from the ’30s and a shirt from India from a 1920s cotton”
When asked what her favourite look was, Lezzie replied “It has to be the one in the front, I called her Sally. The jacket she is wearing is pieced from vintage bandanas that I sourced here in Amsterdam, and then turned into a chore coat. The necklace I got from a flea market and then the skirt has indigo rooster prints, which I love.”
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