Rejina Pyo has specially created a seven-piece collection for this presentation, a series that dovetails with her graduation project, for which this South Korean designer received the Han Nefkens Fashion Award in late 2011. From late September you can admire her work in a small-scale presentation in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery.
In December 2011, a jury that included Viktor & Rolf announced Rejina Pyo (b. 1983) as the winner of the Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012, with a prize that includes an autumn exhibition. The collection that Pyo is presenting in the museum draws inspiration from her long-term research into the possibilities of combining fashion and art. For her graduation show the models carried wooden sculptures down the catwalk, the natural rawness forming a remarkable contrast to the elegant garments.
Born in South Korea in 1983, Rejina Pyo completed her MA in Womenswear Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2011. Immediately after her graduation she was hired by Roksanda Ilincic to work as First Assistant Designer for the eponymous label. Pyo also worked for H&M’s ‘Weekday’ brand, designing a collection that was available in stores across Europe.
The ‘Structural Mode’ presentation by Rejina Pyo has been made possible thanks to the support of the H+F Collection, a collaboration between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Han Nefkens, with José Teunissen serving as curator. Han Nefkens established this programme with the intention of stimulating design at the interface of fashion and art. The biennial Fashion Award is intended for highly promising talent and Rejina Pyo is the third designer to receive the prize. Its previous laureates were Christophe Coppens in 2008 and Charles LeDray in 2010.