¬†A really nice and fresh event in Amsterdam last July was Streetlab. Organised by Cultuurfabriek and Premsela Foundation, Streetlab managed to get a large group of street-based designers together to show their work at the Westergasfabriek. The Young Designers Lab presented vast exhibition of experimental art and fashion, culminating in a sparkling catwalk show. Many designers chose to ask their pals from the streets to participate as models. Amazing to see how a fashion show can be combined with a demonstration of cool breakdancing moves. Kate Moss eat your heart out!
¬†It was great to see that some of the young designers have already introduced their work on the market through independent outlets in Amsterdam. They seemed to have a very active and enterpreneurial attitude to their work. One of the¬† successful young Danish fashion labels appeared to be set up and run by a 17 year old. It was lovely to see how the grandmaster of street style theory, Ted Polhemus, paid him a lot of respect during his workshop.
Apart from fashion shows and workshops, Streetlab also offered a range of films, performances, live street art sessions, photo and sneaker exhibitions and of course parties. Don’t miss the next Street lab festival!