SCHIPPER/ARQUES

...relishing the power of contrasts

Schipper/Arques are a Dutch/Spanish duo living and working in Belgium. Boris studied art, and later fashion, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, however dropped out to start travelling and working in nightlife. Together Boris and Tomas started doing styling for music videos and various artists before they decided to start their own ready-to-wear label S/A; the idea was to design only for high to very high end private clients, but soon they were fed up with it, as they were much more interested in real fashion than in special pieces used only for one occasion.

Their collections are always about contrasts, subculture influences meeting couture finishing techniques, extremely constructed pieces that shape the body versus fluid and draped clothing that follows every movement.
De-saturated colours and shades hard to name, backed by black and white and colours that tend to "fight" (fuchsia and cardinal red for example) are their favourites. Emotion, technique, theme, statement and fabric are key to Schipper/Arques.

Nothing inspires me like...
A story, any story.

I hope to...
Be able to continue what we are doing, and by doing so to be able to create the images we think still need to be created

Cultural influences...
Are so very wide; the southern Louisiana region and its planters, Scottish highlands, fetish, uniforms, plastic surgery, but there is much much more since our collections are very thematic.

I got where I am…
Well, where am I? I’m just getting started ! We got where we are by working hard and trying to be ourselves to the very extreme.

Fashion can sometimes...
Change your reality. If you dress a certain way, people react to you in a certain way, and thus your reality will be changed by what you wear.

Money makes...
Possibilities arise.

Did you know...
We are getting married in 4 weeks ;-)

Faith in...
Any religion worshipping any kind of god makes me extremely uncomfortable.

Cake makes me...
Very happy and fat.

Love is...
Absolutely the most important thing in the world, any kind of love.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan are...
For me personally there’s one too many, and that is Milan.

I'm a perfectionist...
-ic realist, I always try to aim for the highest standards, but then I realise perfection sometimes lies in imperfections.

My goal...
Is to be able to create our own world and have people living our reality.

My biggest regret...
Is not starting with what I do now at a younger age, but then again, it shaped me and gave me more ballast.

Incompetence is...
Something very relative, but extremely annoying as well.

I love getting older...
I just hate my life shortening.