Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012

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Press release

Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012
From 29 September

This autumn, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be exhibiting, in collaboration with
the H+F Collection, the ‘Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012’. The Korean designer Rejina
Pyo will present her ‘Structural Mode’ collection, derived from her extensive research
into fashion and art, in the museum’s Willem van der Vorm Gallery.

The work that Rejina Pyo (Korea, 1983) will be exhibiting in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
is entitled ‘Structural Mode’. She has produced seven items especially for this exhibition, all of
which are derived from her graduation work. Each of these pieces combines an elegant gown
with built-in panels of mixed material. Once again, it is a collection that balances on the
boundary between wearable clothing and pieces of art, and melts elements from sculpture with
those from the world of fashion. For this collection, the designer was inspired by her lengthy
study into the possibilities of combining fashion and art. Pyo is particularly interested in abstract
sculpture, visual and modern art.

Winner Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012
Pyo received the Han Nefkens Fashion Award for her graduation collection for MA Fashion
Womens Wear at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. The dresses Pyo
designed for this collection are long, elegant and colourful. She combines them with organic
sculptures in wood, which, because of their rough appearance, provide an unusual contrast with
the elegant gowns. The prize connected with the award consists of a presentation in Museum
Boijmans Van Beuningen and prize money of 25,000 Euro, of which 15,000 Euro is intended as
a commission for the exhibition.

H+F Collection

Han Nefkens has been connected with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen since 2001 via
various foundations. H+F Mecenaat was founded in 2005 as an exclusive five-year collaboration
between Han Nefkens and the museum. Its aim is to stimulate at an international level
contemporary art and artists and to generate attention for them among a new public. In 2010,
this collaboration was renewed under the name of ‘Fashion on the Edge’ and since then has
concentrated on stimulating experimental developments in the fashion world. José Teunissen
supports this initiative with her expertise and is the curator of the ‘Structural Mode’ exhibition.