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For his new AW1314 collection, Tom Van der Borght takes a next step in his fast developping fashion career. A vision of apocalyptic gaucho-farmers celebrates yet again an eclectic mix of influences from the four corners of the wind. Inspired by Renaissance-engravings from Albrecht Durer and psychedelic dripping paintings of his own partner, Johannes Obers, the designer creates a new exciting series of handdrawn digital prints, depicting an apocalyptic tree of life and herds of ponies on the run. Returning to his own childhood, where he imagined to be a horse and ran around for days pony-style, the collection is an ode to those noble creatures. They form a symbol for the end of times as we know them, for a free run into a bright and enlightened future. Van der Borght is back in full force, showing a series of pleated garments, colourfull jacquard knits, rough rope knits, edgy streetwear basics and a series of mindblowing accesories using cablebands as a lead theme. Regular borders between men and women fade away easily, and the collections puts ‘the human’ back in the first place. Art is wearable from now on!
About the Designer
Tom is based in GENT, Belgium. He studied at Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Sint Niklaas. His collections are produced in Belgium.
Tom Van Der Borght (1978) is a fashion designer who lives and works in Gent.
He is a graduate of the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Sint Niklaas.
Tom Van Der Borght is not in search of traditional beauty or honey-sweet cutesiness. Bold combinations of
bright colors, psychedelic graphics and textures make for a true bombardment of the senses.
This new kid on the fashion block is not only exploring the boundaries of traditional beauty. He boldly crosses
them to create his own standard of beauty. TVDB is always on the look-out for the unconventional and puts into
question mainstream social structures. What does society considers normal and why?
What is weird and why? His garments serve as armor for strong super humans in an urban setting.
Yet all is not serious. A sense of humor and self-depreciative playfulness show in the way he
teasingly covers and reveals in his designs. Another hint of this can be seen in his use of extreme detailing .
Throughout his impeccably finished couture collections strong influences of streetwear reverberate.
All prints used in Van Der Borght’s collection are originals. Modern, industrial techniques
such as printing and digital knit happily co-exist with traditional handicrafts.
Already during his studies Fashion Design Van der Borght was a promising student.
After an internship at Maureen De Clerq, he won as third year student the
Triumph Inspiration Award 2011 and could show his collection at Berlin Fashion Week.
After graduating in june 2012,Tom Van der Borght showed
his graduation collection “Church Of Chica”
in Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks Spring/Summer 2013.
After winning the ASVOFF ‘05 award for best emerging talent
with his fashionmovie ’Danny’, he founded his label on 1st january 2013.
Only two weeks after starting up his business, he won the Premium Young Designer
Award during Berlin Fashion Week FW13 with his latest collection ‘Aponycalypse’.