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 biennial, 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 builds on the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (2005 - 2013) as well as on the profile built up by Arnhem as a hub for renewal, research and innovation in fashion. The platform is part of the Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation, which also organizes the four-yearly Sonsbeek manifestation in Arnhem. The Foundation is structurally supported by the Municipality of Arnhem and the Province of Gelderland. From 2021 on, State of Fashion will be supported through the four-year funding system of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science.

State of Fashion works closely with partners from the Netherlands and abroad to increase awareness of the current challenges in the fashion system and to bring about actual change.


Steven van Teeseling, general director
Raymond de Haas, controller
Astrid Ubbink, office manager
Esther Muñoz Grootveld, head of programme State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Renee van der Hoek, projectmanager State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Katarina Molin Mota, projectmanager State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Aimy Eyzenbach, social media manager
Zsa Zsa Furnée, project assistant


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


Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2018

Policy plan Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation 2019 - 2020


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.