Frans Hoogendoorn – a Hague couturier
Couturier Frans Hoogendoorn has been a household name in the Netherlands for over 40 years. He is inextricably linked to The Hague, a city associated from time immemorial with court life, the aristocracy and diplomacy, and therefore with the world of international fashion. Ever since the 1970s, this supreme professional has maintained a reputation for elegant designs visibly influenced by chic Parisian couture: scrupulous, passionate and client-centred approached. His timeless creations with an international air are worn by leading women in Dutch society, including members of the royal family. The exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum is a tribute to the Hague couturier and includes collection drawings, film footage and many top examples of his work.
Hoogendoorn likes bright colours, strong contrasts and bold colour combinations, like shocking pink gloves worn with a royal purple or sunshine yellow outfit. His designs have maintained a timeless style featuring a multitude of graphic lines, black-and-white outfits, houndstooth jackets, and polka dot evening dresses.
The exhibition has been created by in-house curator Madelief Hohé, working in partnership with guest curator Nicole Uniquole. Frans Hoogendoorn has collaborated with Nicole Uniquole on a Dutch-language book about his oeuvre, published by Waanders en De Kunst. Exhibition design is by Maarten Spruyt.
Exhibition ‘Frans Hoogendoorn – a Hague couturier’
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
November 4, 2017 till February 18, 2018
Photos exhibition: Ellard Ottevanger