I want to live in a queer utopia. The world I am fighting for is where we stop making assumptions about everything - where we allow people to self narrate their bodies. I think that is a profoundly radical act.
I think gender evolution is really important and society needs to get rid of binaries and embrace the spectrum. I think it is vital that one is willing to ask questions in order to work on shifting the way we think about how people identify. I am still learning and unlearning a lot of things. During my graduation from the fashion and textile department of the KABK (Royal Academy of Art The Hague), I wrote my thesis on the ‘future of gender' and my conclusion was that I don't really know what the future of gender is, but I wanted to create my notion of a utopia and that is why I put my name on it. I don't think this is the right answer, it's just my answer.
I feel that the concept of a classic fashion show and fashion collection is outdated, I reject this elitist, esoteric approach. I create my own catwalk and my own collections. Where I cast my friends who are my real inspiration, open-minded people with their own personalities and attitudes.
I am a strong believer in the power of collaboration. I feel that when people come together it creates something bigger than ourselves, something greater than one's own ego. If you can find the right connections and balance there are boundless possibilities. Fighting alone can be consuming and draining and it's easy to burn out.
For this project I collaborated with three graphic designers mostly: Gilles de Brock, Ieva Valule and Joeri Woudstra. Along with a lot of other inspiring, incredible people such as: Tycho Posthumus, Kolbrun Lilja Torfadottir, Tommy Smits, Anna Klevan, Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir, Jonah Lamers, Eduardo Leon, Afra Eisma, Samuel Isaac Snyder Rynearson and of course the Das Leben Am Haverkamp.