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Art Meets Fashion at Amsterdam Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

24 January, 2014

Written by Elle Halley in Designers

mattjis van bergen

Mattijs van Bergen opened Amsterdam in grand theatrical style. His collection is fuelled by the work of the great master Vincent van Gogh. His collection was created in partnership with the recently re-opened van Gogh museum. This was a colourful and theatrical start to Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week. Mattijs Bergen says: " Van Gogh inspired me to hold on to my artistic handschift - this collection is My tribute to one of the best painters of the Netherlands "

Digital prints on silk sample van Gogh's Provencal landscapes

The art is reflected in the colour palette for the collection,with some pieces hand painted by Mattjis himself as seen in the coat above. The star of the show were the prints which journeyed from the very famous and easily recognisable sunflowers which he explores in digital prints from the sampled to the graphically abstracted where the image almost disappears and becomes a colour way and texture.The journey continues through van Gogh’s later works, which were inspired by Japanese wood blocks with blue skies and delicate cherry blossom.Van Gogh's Japanese inspired paintings in Mattjis van Bergen's work married with boxy, flattering cuts and elegant skirts.

The collection had retro feel, long billowing skirts and boxy tops with some interesting textures and painted fabrics. The overall feel was of theatricality and a celebration of colour and painterliness that truly celebrates rather than just appropriates the paintings of van Gogh.

Wool jacquards, blue silks & knits draw from van Gogh's painting the café at Arles

It was a spectacular start to this burgeoning fashion week, a taster which whetted my appetite for more Dutch fashion design.

Elle Halley is reporting from Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week through till Monday. Check our instagram and twitter feeds for live coverage of the shows, parties and goings on in Amsterdam.

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Art Meets Fashion at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Stylist and fashion writer Elle Halley was at the opening show by Mattjis van Bergen, she reports on his AW14 runway show collection inspired by the paintings of Vincent van Gogh 

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