Taskforce Fashion – Team Rotterdam
Taskforce Fashion – Residency for Responsible Fashion
Commissioned by and in close collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL, Taskforce Fashion started in 2018, as a unique, multidisciplinary and research-based collaboration between fashion platforms FASHIONCLASH, M-ODE and State of Fashion.
In co-creation with Dutch design talent and in dialogue with the (inter)national fashion field and other disciplines, the three platforms investigate the transformative role of fashion in relation to social issues with various experiments.
Rotterdam is the second biggest city of the Netherlands and considers itself as the country’s only ‘real’ metropole; with its skyscrapers, cultural highlights and bustling port activity on the one hand, and metropolitan challenges, such as poverty, segregation and polarization, on the other hand. Like any other international metropole, the city is incredibly rich in diversity and hosts more than 173 nationalities. Yet, there is a huge divide between inhabitants with different backgrounds, education and incomes.
Team Rotterdam investigated the role fashion design can play in increasing contact and social cohesion in the areas where diversity is high.
Rather than focusing on overcoming the differences between inhabitants, the designers chose to focus their research on ways to find shared values and stories. Team Rotterdam proposed a set of tools that encourage new conversations with inhabitants of all ages and backgrounds. With fashion & identity as a base, the designers looked for common ground and connections between longtime residents and newcomers.
The team consists of designers Bobbine Berden, Juris Efneris, Kalkidan Hoex, Lisanne Janssen and Lena Winterink under the lead of Esther Muñoz Grootveld (State of Fashion).
Panoramadeck presentation Taskforce Fashion
20 January till 27 March 2022