August 31, 2019

When I worked on Tim Tronckoe’s project “Portraits”, I made not one, but two dresses. The dress I made for Tarja, wasn’t the only one. The second dress, inspired by Queen Elizabeth I, was made for Simone Simons of Epica. I met her in Lille (FR) to take her measurements myself, and later I saw her again in Tilburg (NL) for the fitting. 

At the same time I had been making a wedding dress, which was my first commision. I had to finish both dresses in time, on top of working long days in retail.

And yet, the dress wasn’t involved in the project, even though I handed it over to the photographer. There was no further communication about this. Only a year later, when the project got released, I learn...

July 30, 2019

Historical costumes has always been one of my biggest obsessions, but as a young designer that just graduated from school, it felt like it was way out of my league. And yet here I am, proud of two historical inspired dresses. 

The first one I want to talk about is my interpretation of an early 16th century gown that has been worn by metal singer Tarja Turunen. She has the perfect look to represent Anne Boleyn from England. 

Typical for dresses by that period, were the almost square neckline but slightly curved, narrow sleeves and in the winter covered with huge fur cuffs. Of course there were several layers, but since it was for a photo project, I decided to only make two skirts.

The dress is c...

March 12, 2018

Na een anderhalf jaar afgestudeerd te zijn als Modeontwerper, werd het tijd om mij eens te focussen op het maken van korsetten. Ik had voordien al 2 bustiers gemaakt, maar die waren bijlange niet zo stevig zoals het zou moeten. De leerkrachten verklaarden mij zot als ik zei dat de taille smaller moest dan de natuurlijke omtrek, dus bleef ik maar "korsetten" maken die totaal geen effect hadden op het lichaam. 

Tijd dus voor verandering! Met de jaarlijkse competitie van Foundations Revealed en Your Wardrobe Unlock'd, waar wereldwijd ontwerpers en naaisters aan kunnen meedoen, had ik een nieuw doel. De wedstrijd bestaat uit drie categorieën, Beginner, Improver en Experienced. Uit elk niveau word...

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