State of Fashion is an international fashion platform that connects pioneers in fashion design, research and business, and shares their ideas and innovations with the world. We stand for critical reflection on common positions and models in the fashion industry. With a biennale, discussion programs, labs for design research, exhibitions and publications, we bring visionary ideas from the Netherlands and abroad together. Together with designers, companies, scientists, educators, consumers and other stakeholders in fashion, we actively explore an urgently needed new fashion system.

State of Fashion explicitly connects fashion to the social issues and to challenges of our time: inclusivity and fair practice, the impact of globalization, and the climate crisis. How can fashion contribute to a solution to these problems and to a better world? We examine how the fashion behavior of people worldwide can bring about change, in such a way that fashion plays a meaningful, positive role in the lives of all people, anywhere in the world, whether you are a fashion designer, a textile worker, a retailer or a citizen in a shopping street.


State of Fashion takes place in Arnhem and builds on the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (2005 - 2013) and is embedded in the rich fashion structure of Arnhem under the name Mode Partners 025*. Mode Partners 025 plays a critical, investigative and creative role within the region 025, within the Netherlands and internationally on the major sustainability challenges in the fashion and textile industry. Mode Partners 025 has direct access to (inter)national experiment and research, knowledge and education, design, material and raw material development. It seeks to connect fashion, social issues and the public. The illustrious fashion history of Arnhem, the sustainable ambitions of the city and the green surroundings support this power of imagination and the value of creating.

State of Fashion is part of theSonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation, which also organises the four-yearly Sonsbeek event. Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation is structurally supported by the Municipality of Arnhem and the Province of Gelderland. State of Fashion is included in the national basic infrastructure of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science.

* Modepartners 025 is a cooperation of Museum Arnhem, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Rijn IJssel Creatieve Industrie, State of Fashion and Fashion & Design Festival Arnhem.

Please contact us via:
+ 31 (0)26 303 1940


Steven van Teeseling, general director
Raymond de Haas, controller
Astrid Ubbink, office manager 
Iris Ruisch, partnerships & head of programme State of Fashion
Renee van der Hoek, projectmanager State of Fashion
Aimy Eyzenbach, projectmanager Communication State of Fashion
Sem Bartels, assistant Office


Frans Knüppe (chairman)
Guus van Kleef (treasurer)
Renate Litjens (secretary)
Charles Esche
Marco Grob
José Teunissen


Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2018

Policy plan Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation 2019 - 2020

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2021


Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation
Utrechtsestraat 49
6811 LT Arnhem
The Netherlands

KVK: 09169320 
BTW: 817748489 

+ 31 (0)26 303 1940

Photo header:
PORTAL 002 (2018), Elisa van Joolen with Anouk Beckers and Marina Sasseron. Supported by Warehouse.