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Anke Jongejan

Alumnus
Making do & getting by
Pre-Christian winterrituals: Dancing bears
Making do & getting by
Pre-Christian winterrituals: Dancing bears


My 2005 graduation collection MAKING DO AND GETTING BY, put the creativity that comes from necessity to the test. I think, in design, an abundance of choices can in fact be a constraint. Source of inspiration was the inventiveness and beauty displayed in shacks and huts, built with whatever was at hand. The subtleness and spontaneity that come into your design when aesthetics meet the limits of material was a major eye-opener to me. Discarding two-dimensional design, I attempted to allow the garment to shape itself out of the collected materials.

Through its usage of old materials MAKING DO AND GETTING BY tried to question the concept of 'new' as prevalent in fashion. I wondered about the contradiction that can be discerned between fashions characteristics and its recent trend for nostalgia and naturality. Maybe both this apparent contradiction and my graduation collection, suggest that the love for the old and the love for the new may, in fact, not be that far apart. 
Since my graduation I've been working on research through design, as well as teaching fashion students about research. You can visit my website here

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