Marga Weimans – Debut

14 October 2008

The Debut collection of the Dutch fashion designer Marga Weimans was on display in the central hall of the Ploeg Pavilion of the Groninger Museum from 15 November 2008 to 1 March 2009.

A few years ago, Marga Weimans (Rotterdam, 1970) was the first Dutch person to graduate from the prestigious fashion course of the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts in Antwerp. With her graduation collection, in which she created a fashion image for the modern black woman as a strong and active person, she won the i-D Styling Award in 2005. It is a collection whose theme is close to her heart: Weimans has her roots in Surinam and took the history of her own background as her subject matter. In 2006, the Groninger Museum purchased a total of twelve outfits from diverse collections by Weimans.

In 2007, this was extended with the acquisition of Weimans’s Debut collection, which was presented in Paris at the beginning of this year. With this presentation, Weimans aimed to gain membership of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, which entitled people to make official use of the label ‘haute couture’. Her ultimate goal is to run a large international fashion house, but not before she has comprehensively explored and distended the boundaries of fashion. In her own words, with the creation of Debut, Weimans aims to reach sublime beauty: ‘Beauty that is so overwhelming that it is painful. In this process, I don’t allow my self to be restricted by one single theme, but I allow different art disciplines to merge. This has led to a free and expressive collection in which I have experimented with tin, silk, metal, faceted beads, polyester and polyurethane foam.’ Some of the nine outfits are so voluminous that they tend toward architecture.

Note for editor
Curator: Sue-an van der Zijpp
Publicity: Josee Selbach
For more information, please contact: Josee Selbach, jselbach@groningermuseum.nl, +31 (0)50-3666555, Evelien Bijlefeld, ebijlefeld@groningermuseum.nl, +31 (0)50-3666555, www.groningermuseum.nl.

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