There’s no shortage of nuttiness in fashion, but Bas Kosters really busts the nut-o-meter. Rather than clothes, the Dutch designer makes what he calls soft sculptures, or what others might call life-size piñatas — all hand-crafted through photo collage, decoupage, embroidery, and what’s officially known in fashion as gluing on found shiny things.
Kosters also dabbles in doll-making, jewelry design, performance art, and product collaborations (Bugaboo, Heineken, Wehkamp). All of which makes for a particularly colorful retrospective at Museum Arnhem (in partnership with stylist and curator Maarten Spruyt), where his oft-overlooked subtext — gender fluidity, race parity, ideals of beauty — is also explored.
I Want It to Be Soft: The Journey of Bas Kosters, May 14 – Sep 4, 2016, Museum Arnhem