Monique van Heist

Friday 29 June

Whataboutery 5 #Agency

In collaboration with De Volkskrant

During State of Fashion, a presentation, debate or talk is organised every Friday in our event space: The Whataboutery. How can we come up with solutions for the sustainability issue that is so urgent in the fashion industry? Like the exhibition, the discussions in the Whataboutery are part of the search for the new luxury. You as a visitor are cordially invited to think along critically, ask questions, and have a conversation with our special guests.

During this evening we focus on the question how, as a designer, you can operate within a fashion system that you simultaneously rebel against. Fashion journalist Bregje Lampe discusses this question with Alexander van Slobbe, Francisco van Benthum, Monique van Heist and Pascale Gatzen.

Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum
Since 2014, designers Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum have been working together on the project HACKED, with which they respond to the contemporary phenomenon of fast fashion, the extremely fast circulation of cheap collections of clothing. By using and renewing the overstock of this industry, waste is transformed into material. HACKED is also an exploration of possible new roles for the fashion designer in the design and production process.

Monique van Heist
Monique van Heist investigates the grey areas of our dress culture while applying a good dose of humor. hellofashion was launched in spring 2009, as moniquevanheist’s personal statement on her own fashion company. Hellofashion is a continuous collection of ‘moniquevanheist-classics’ by which she sets out to challenge the fashion system. This permanent and over time growing collection of garments, accessories and lifestyle products like furniture and recipes is available for unlimited time.

Pascale Gatzen
Pascale Gatzen is Head of the Master Fashion Design at ArtEZ. In the 1990s, Gatzen was part of Le Cri Néerlandais, a group of fashion designers from Arnhem, including Viktor & Rolf, Lucas Ossendrijver and Saskia van Drimmelen. They were the first Dutch designers to present collections in Paris. Gatzen believes that clothing should contribute to human and ecological well-being through transparent and sustainable production processes.

Combining a visit to the exhibition with participation in the Whataboutery? Then you can have a healthy and responsible dinner at Dudok in De Melkfabriek on Friday evening.


  • Friday 29 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 | Volkskrant subscribers receive a discount with a special promotion code on Eventbrite or via Volkskrant Inclusief. 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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