Michael Van Der Ham

For Autumn/Winter 2011 Michael Van Der Ham redefines his unique aesthetic presenting his second standalone show with the coveted New Gen scheme.

The new season sees his diverse collage technique being refined and honed to a focused exploration of the qualities of singular fabrics. In splicing and placing alternating grains of velvet he presents to us an exciting and innovative interpretation of the traditional fabric.

Typical to his individual working practice Van Der Ham is not influenced by a particular framework of reference from popular culture. Instead he fuses a curiosity of silhouettes from past eras with a precise concern for innovative cutting techniques to create paradoxical garments that are both timelessly elegant and startlingly original.

Complementing the dresses Van Der Ham has become renowned for, AW 2011 sees the introduction of knitwear, taking inspiration from archives of vintage floral prints. The prints have been cleverly reworked into fine Italian jacquard knitted dresses, cardigans and tops with highlights of gold and silver Lurex.

An introduction of outerwear to the collection this season sees Van Der Ham’s collage technique applied to sartorial classics. Dusky pink and black mohair coats and jackets are given the Van der Ham treatment with no two sleeves the same on each piece. This twist on conventional outerwear once again emphasises Van der Ham’s distinct signature and asserts his pioneering vision of fusing classic shapes with intellectual, innovative cutting and placement.

Autumn Winter 11 sees Van Der Ham’s work enter a new chapter with a presentation that delivers a more austere, sophisticated edge yet remains faithful to the playful, intelligent charm he is much admired for.

A truly breathtaking show. LLLB

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