Pauline van Dongen
Pauline van Dongen (NL) is a fashion designer whose work focuses on the surface, using fabric as a starting point.
In 2008 Pauline graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from the renowned Artez, Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. It was there that she first developed an interest in developing her designs by draping fabrics directly on a mannequin. This is how she could translates her conceptual approach into a visual aesthetic around the body.
During her Masters Program at the Fashion Institute Arnhem she was offered a shoe design course. Here she discovered a love for product design and also further developed her personal signature that has been described as "organic science." Working with unconventional or new materials triggers her to explore and research the processing and finishing in a garment and allows her to work like a researcher.
Her fascination for the relation between human and their surroundings is something that keeps feeding her inspiration. In 2010 she graduated with her collection Morphogenesis in which she researched the space between a body and a garment. For her latest collection Stereopsis she questioned space itself and our perception of space, which is influenced by light.
Pauline’s work focuses on the surface, she uses fabric as a starting point. Tactility, texture and no-frills modernity are the essence of her work. As she continues to explore the use of unconventional materials and new ways of construction she wants to create "a proposal for the future."