Nina Athanasiou and Sylwia Makris


MAASTRICHT – FASHIONCLASH presents Fashion My Religion! The 10-year anniversary edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival. During the 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018 more than 150 promising designers and stage performers from countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Finland, Uruguay and many more will take part in the festival.

Alessandro Trincone photo Ilaria D’Atri

The festival program is composed within a 3-day program The Route: an inspiring pilgrimage along expositions, lectures, theatre- and dance performances and talks. The Fashion Show program takes place on Saturday evening, a spectacular evening where talents of the future will take the stage at the SAM-Decorfrabriek.

Carlijn Veurink photo Leroy Verbeet

In short, a unique opportunity to get inspired by and discover the world of fashion, the newest fashion talents and to enjoy Maastricht as a fashion city.

Friday June 15th till Sunday June 17th 2018

Locations: • Fashion shows, June 16: SAM-Decorfabriek, Meerssenerweg 215, Maastricht • Opening: Gashouder, Lage Frontweg 8, Maastricht • The Route: Lab Building, De Brandweer, Centre Ceramique, Bonnefantenmuseum, De Bijenkorf, ’t Dinghuis, Bergportaal Sint Servaas, Entre Deux, Mosae Forum, Van Eyck Academy etc.

Emilie Thirion photo by Soe Aitarg

Tickets: FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible for everyone and anyone and is mostly free of entrance, with the exception of the fashion shows on Saturday. Tickets for the fashion show are for sale from €12,50 (pre-sale online) and €15, -/ students €7,50 at the door. Tickets are available from May 1st 2018 via – and during the festival at the SAMDecorfabriek.

Fashion My Religion!
The overarching theme Fashion My Religion! boldly dives into one of the most current themes of the moment; religion. Specifically, the relation between religion and gender, hair style and clothing. FASHIONCLASH dares participants and visitors to research, highlight or break existing religious traditions and taboos by way of using fashion. A call to activism that hopefully inspires a new generation of fashion- makers and lovers to fulfil their role as meaningful as they can.


FASHION SHOWS / Saturday evening June 16 SAM-decorfabriek The perfect opportunity to discover the collections of new, international fashion talents. This year, FASHIONCLASH Festival again offers the stage to designers from all over the globe, such as Alessandro Trincone from Italy, Filipe Augusto from Portugal, Amy Ollett from UK, SorteMaria from Uruguay and Enni Lähderinne from Finland. Dutch design talent will be represented very well by Maarten van Mulken, STEVEN VANDERYT, Teun Seuren and many others.

On Saturday night, the 16th of June, the MAFAD Show 2018 will take place showcasing the graduation collections of the MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design) fashion students and the presentation of the CLASH Project #10; out-of-the-box outfits designed by ten non-fashion designers.

Dana Asinkevica photo by Dana Jasinkevica

Ever since the very first edition, like a tradition, the Clash Project is presented. In this project FASHIONCLASH challenges ten non-fashion designers and artists to create an out-of-the-box outfot for the catwalk. Participants are, among others, visual artist Caz Egelie, product and footwear designer Kristofers Rei, product designer Danika van Kaathoven and architect/designer Tim Prins.

FASHIONCLASH is known for the thrilling cross-overs with theatre and dance. This year, the SAMDecorfabriek will be perceived as ‘performing space’ in which designers can not only present their work, but also, more than ever, are challenged to present their work to the audience in a performative manner. Inspired by the theme, Studio AKATAK will create a concept for the space and scenography.

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THE ROUTE / Friday June 15 till Sunday June 17.

Main program of the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2018; ‘Fashion My Religion’ is The Route. During the Route visitors can experience several different activities and events on multiple locations through-out the city. The program consists of expositions, performances, movies, pop-up shops, guided tours, talks and workshops. This program is free of charge and accessible for a broad audience. Special guided tours are hosted, where the visitor will be taken along the activities and events by a professional who will provide more in-depth information.

The next projects and performances that are part of The Route:

KOORKAPPEN Project Fashion Procession: Sunday, May 6. Expositon: May 12 till June 24, Bonnefantenmuseum The KOORKAPPEN Project is a collaboration between FASHIONCLASH and Heiligdomsvaart Maastricht. For this project, FASHIONCLASH invited several designers to create a design inspired by traditional choir robes and their stories. Participating designers are, among others, HOIHOI, Marlou Breuls, Lise van Wetten and Laurie Bessems. The KOORKAPPEN Project will be shown as a Fashion Procession in the city centre of Maastricht and will be displayed during the FASHIONCLASH Festival as an exposition in the Bonnefantenmuseum. Alongside the new designs, the 18th century choir robes will also be presented.

God is a Woman?! Friday June 15, 16 and 17 Especially fort his 10th edition of FASHIONCLASH, the following project was initiated; God Is A Woman?! The FASHIONCLASH Team has selected 10 designers for this project and asked them to create an outfit that is based on research on a subject that is related to the theme of the Festival; ‘Fashion My Religion!’. ‘God Is A Woman!?’ invites the designers to research which social intolerances exist and how fashion can play a role in creating more inclusivity.Participating designers are, among others, Sander Bos, Mette Sterre, Steven Vanderyt and Bobbine Berden. The designs will be exhibited during the FASHIONCLASH Festival at Bonnefantenmuseum.

Showpieces Exhibit at De Bijenkorf Showpieces is a curated, multi-disciplinary exhibit of the inspired by religion. These are the most precious possessions of the participating designers’ collections. These Showpieces will be presented in multiple locations through-out the city where you can get to know more about the designer, concept and story about the items. In this exhibit you will discover the work of Ivana Pilja, Melissanthi Spei, Hiske Hottinga, Fernandra Fernandes and Marcia Neuner.

PRJCT22 photo Nataliya Maassen

Mind Fashion Talks Sunday June 17, Forza Fashion House On Sunday the Fashion Talks, hosted by Susanne Vegter and Janne Baetsen, in cooperation with Mind Fashion will take place at the Forza Fashion House headquarters. They will engage in a conversation with key speakers like Adam Peacock, Maaike de Haardt, Dai Rees, Ben Wubs, Mariangela Lavanga and Alice Janssens.

Guided Tours In the weekend of the FASHIONCLASH Festival visitors can sign up to a guided tour. Every tour will be led by a professional to give the visitor the opportunity to experience the program through the eyes of a specialist. Besides a tour, the program also contains interactive experiences. The Guided Tours will be guided by Carlo Wijnants and Monika Turczyn.

Masterclass Gold Embroidery The Crafts Council Holland is organising a two-day Meet the Masterclass in Centre Ceramique in honour of the FASHIONCLASH Festival theme; ‘Fashion My Religion!’ with master embroiderer Monique van Munster. In this workshop the participants will be introduced to different techniques and materials as used in historical embroidery.

Henk Jenz Photo Armando Branco

PERFORMANCES This year FASHIONCLASH Festival presents a series of theatre and dance cross-overs, among which the presentation ‘Hunting’ made by Nora Ramakers and Timo Tenbuyser, a coproduction with Via Zuid. Besides this, there is an interesting cross-over performance to see at the Mosae Forum, named Dialogue Between Fashion and Death by theatre maker Nina Willems and fashion designer Marlou Breuls, based on the romantic poem from Giacomo Leopardi and the ‘I Am Sad’ performance by Margreet Sweers, which will take place at Lumière Cinema.

Not to miss out on; LUX, a dance performance by SALLY Dance Company Maastricht. A choreography by Martin Harriague in cooperation with Maastricht based fashion designer Mieke Kockelkorn, inspired by the written word of religion.

For more information about the program and participants: