The Fashion Professorship aims to rethink the cracks in the fashion system and the role that fashion plays – and could potentially play – in relation to urgent social, cultural, environmental and political developments in contemporary society. We envision an alternative and more engaged future of fashion in which we do more justice to fashion’s human dimension. Through research, design and critical thinking, we analyse and develop alternative approaches, systems, vocabularies and strategies. In doing so, we aim to activate the power of fashion to reimagine future bodies, future materials and future makers to contribute to resilient futures and inclusive societies.
For the first edition of State of Fashion, curator José Teunissen started a quest for a sustainable future for the fashion industry, dubbed 'Searching for the new luxury'. Some 27.500 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad participated in this search, by visiting the exhibition in Arnhem (the Netherlands), or by taking part in one of over 50 events.