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The women’s collection autumn winter 2011-2012 by Tim Van Steenbergen starts from the interest and an interpretation of the work of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. Abstract structures in a historical present seek to process the past. ‘But we should also not forget the difference between what first motivated me and the work that is the result.’ Anselm Kiefer. Each garment is a concept in itself, a sensibility of an emotion. Graphical dimensions and textures of rich fabrics are pure and clean and show in organic forms a feeling of recycled materials. Colours vary from graphic black and white, ash, clay, lead, straw, gray and rust. An exclusive print of earth and other raw materials of nature in contrast with the colorful butterfly print. The shape of the silhouettes is straight and sober with a fluent easy fit, emphasizing a contemporary female elegance. A modern way of pleating details is the signature of this complete collection. A series of organic dresses go from daily over cocktail to evening wear. The little black dress and the 50ties dresses stay key items in the label Tim Van Steenbergen. A sober cut dress comes also with elaborated embroidery. There is an eye-catching range of jackets: symmetrical short and long blazers, chemise jackets, an embroidered bolero, cardigans and voluminous three-quarter length coats. A mouton retourné can be worn outside in. Skirts come in different lengths, from short to ankle length with leggings and body cat suits underneath. A divided skirt comes as well in leather as in light mohair jersey. A straight cut pants can be combined with different tops, chemises and knitwear variations. Accessories are corset belts in fish leather, shawls and embroidered collars. A selection of luxurious theo sunglasses by Tim Van Steenbergen and shoes Tim Van Steenbergen handmade by Ambiorix complete this collection.
About the Designer
Tim is based in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied at Academy of Antwerp and graduated in 2000. His collections are produced in Belgium.
Tim Van Steenbergen graduated Magna cum Laude at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (fashion department, textile creation and theatre costume). Subsequently he took classes in drapery and couture techniques and worked as the first assistant of Olivier Theyskens.
His first collection was launched in 2001 in Paris and in the same year he set up his company Mitzlavv bvba.
Meanwhile he's up to his nineteenth collection/fashion show and the label Tim Van Steenbergen is being sold in the best designer shops all over the world. His style evolves into a refined pureness and female elegance. He is a master of contemporary drapery and every detail, high quality standards, tradition and craftsmanship are being cared for.
"Le Petit Livre Blanc", a publication on Tim is a booklet printed on hand-layered paper evokes his special story.
Tim Van Steenbergen also created jewellery for Swarovski UK, shoes for Novella Italia, "Barbie" outfits, a jean for Xfit by Lycra, an haute couture dress for the Museum of Fine Arts and Lace in Calais (France) and the bag "le Seau Elsa" for the French label Lancel.
He presented a fashion show for Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde on the Belgian Gala Night during an economic mission in Warshaw (Poland).
Further Tim Van Steenbergen exposed four haute couture dresses within the project "Framed", in The Groeninge Museum in Brugge, UCAD Louvre Paris and at the occasion of the motion pictures festival in Cannes. He also set up an installation "Stills" at the Biënnale of Venice in 2003, besides several other expositions into which he participated.
As artistic director of the fashion company Donaldson he designed 3 collections.
He created the uniforms for the attendants of the Flemish Parliament.
In collaboration with the well-established shoe manufacturer Ambiorix,
Tim van Steenbergen is enlarging his women and men’s collections with a selected choice of shoe designs, made by hand in Belgium.
For Theo, he creates the sunglasses ‘Theo by Tim Van Steenbergen’.
International personalities as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Kimberly Stewart, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, Axelle Red, Micha Barton, Kim Cattrall, Jared Leto and George Michael have been spotted in Tim Van Steenbergen.
Tim Van Steenbergen is artistic director for the label Luc.Duchene, well known before as Chine, Belgian Design.
Tim designs the costumes for international movie, theatre, dance and opera creations as for Anne Teresa de Keersmaecker and Guy Cassiers.
‘Hanjo’, opera, Festival Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence / the Monnaie Brussels.
‘Hersenschimmen’, theater, Ro Theater Rotterdam.
‘d’Un Soir un Jour’ and ‘Steve Reich Evening’, dance, Rosas / the Monnaie Brussels.
‘Triptych of Power; ‘Mefisto’, ‘Wolfskers’ and ‘Atropa’, theater, Toneelhuis Antwerp / Festival d’Avignon / Théâtre de la Ville de Paris.
‘The House of the Sleeping Beauties’, opera, LOD / Toneelhuis Antwerp / the Monnaie Brussels.
‘Adam in Exile’, opera, Opera of Amsterdam.
‘La Chanteuse du Tango’, movie by Diego Martinez Vignatti with Eugénia Ramirez.
‘Das Rheigold’, Teatro alla Scala / Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
‘’Blood & Roses, the Song of Joan and Gilles’, Toneelhuis Antwerp / Festival d’Avignon.
‘Die Walküre’, Teatro alla Scala / Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
‘Labyrinth’, National Ballet Amsterdam, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Between 2010 and 2013 Tim Van Steenbergen is creating the costumes for Richard Wagner’s opera cycle ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’
Belgian director Guy Cassiers, who has astonished Europe with his highly original productions, gets this long-awaited Ring off to a start at La Scala. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the perfect Wagnerian.
Der Ring des Nibelungen is a co-production by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
‘Tim Van Steenbergen, act(e)’, a book by fashion journalist Veerle Windels has been released by Ludion Publishers.