Dress by fashion designer Aniela Hoitink

Friday 22 June

Whataboutery 4: #Reuse

In collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and ArtEZ University of the Art

This evening focuses on the LAB projects presented at exhibition searching for the new luxury. These LAB projects show the (interim) results of research projects aimed at new bio-based materials or recycled materials for applications in textiles, design and fashion. The LAB project 'The Future of Living Materials' is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the ArtEZ Center of Expertise Future Makers, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and State of Fashion.

More and more designers are researching the possibilities of natural materials - like clothing and textiles made from mycelium and algae and reusing fruit waste to make fruit leather - to contribute to a sustainable, circular future. The fashion industry benefits from the efficient use of raw materials, water, land and energy, limiting the use of harmful substances and reusing waste. Nature itself seems to be the best example to meet these requirements. Nature has raw materials, (living) materials and various functional principles that can make the fashion industry more sustainable. The scientific knowledge available at WUR in the field of these natural materials and sustainability is very valuable to optimize the materials of the designers and to see which ecosystems are related to this. There is a lot of potential in developing these new bio-based materials, but what about #reuse? How do these natural materials relate to the reuse of materials to make the fashion system more sustainable? What role is there for the designer, for science and for industry? What are new future visions for natural bio-materials and for reuse, recycling and upcycling in fashion? And what can we learn from other sectors and industries, such as the paper industry?

The recycling industry, designers and scientists will discuss this and more during the fourth Whataboutery. Order your tickets online (or buy them at the door) and join the debate about #reuse.

Friday 22 June

Whataboutery 4: #Reuse

What about?

During State of Fashion, a presentation, debate or talk is organised every Friday in our event space: The Whataboutery. Here you are cordially invited to think along critically, ask questions and enter into conversation with our special guests!


Aniela Hoitink, designer
Aniela Hoitink states that Fast Fashion and disposable clothing is a great opportunity. We have a whole generation of people who now expect a year, maybe two, to wear a piece of clothing before they throw it away and buy something new. With the right type of material (cradle-to-cradle) this can be tailor-made to meet this life cycle. According to Hoitink, we need solutions that respond to the reality in which we live and that start at the root. How can a completely circular disposable fashion look like?

Tjeerd Veenhoven, designer
Textiles consumption is expected to increase so much that by the year 2050 our consumption is tripled... From the textiles we use, only 5% is now being reused. Project Algae fabrics focuses on algae as a material for making textiles. Can this be the material of the future? What is needed to apply this and is the consumer also ready to wear it? And can this material be reused?

Geert Steeghs, Government Services Manager SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Netherlands At SUEZ, paper and cardboard can already be recycled almost entirely. What can the clothing industry learn from this recycling process in the paper industry?

Stay Tuned!

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  • Friday 22 June 19:30 – 22:00


Tickets are available online or at the door. Entrance fees: € 7.50 regular € 5.00 combined ticket with entrance ticket exhibition State of Fashion | € 3.00 student |Buy a Whataboutery Special ticket for € 20, - this includes a vegetarian main course that is served every Friday evening from 6 pm at Dudok in De Melkfabriek.


Main location State of Fashion 2018 (Nieuwe Kade 1, 6827 AA Arnhem) | Het ketelhuis

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