Lucas Van der Velde
ArtEZ University of the Arts
Lucas van der Velde is a 21 year old graduate from the Fashion Design studies at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
When he was younger he always wanted to do something with art. He was always interested in art and design and did a lot of research in this. In a way he wanted to tell his own stories and feelings in a way that people could see it, hear it and experience it. After making a lot of sculptures, drawings and other art pieces he finally found his way to do it. From the age of 12, this started to evolve in designing fashion. For him this was the perfect way to tell his stories in a platform that is close to the human body and something that can be worn. So studying fashion design was the best option and opportunity for him.
He’s always been searching for a way to combine design and concept in a way it has a certain wearability to it. This was one of the main goals for him to study fashion design.
In school he learned what design can be and how much you can say with it. He developed his own style and did a lot of experiments that could be used in fashion.
Starting from his fascination with decay and rotting processes, he began looking where this fascination comes from. The subject that most prominently came forward, are the aesthetics of transience. The decay of an object is comprised of multiple stages that, for him, together exude a great beauty during this process. The temporary aspect of this fascinates me. Capturing the transience and its aesthetics in time is therefore the core of his concept for his collection. By stopping time, a new type of aesthetics is created. Stopping the decay and its temporality, removes this part of the aesthetics. Exactly by stopping this process, the decay and time embrace another role and with that, another aesthetic. This plays with reality. The actual reality is changed and suddenly the stopped process becomes reality. Aesthetics and reality become parallels to each other.
Besides decay and rotting processes, military uniforms have always sparked his interest. These uniforms require a lot of detail and skill. Every time he looks upon military garments with wonder about the amount of love that has been put in, while the intended use of these uniforms serves a purpose very different from love. By combining elements of both these subjects, he is searching for a new and contemporary image in his collection. By using archetypical garments with surprising combinations, his collection has a certain nonchalance, casualty and wearability. That’s a very important aspect for a strong menswear collection and to him as a designer.