My graduation collection is called: ‘Favourite worst nightmare’. For this collection I got inspired by Belle van Zuylen, she was a Dutch writer of the Enlightenment. She is best known for her letters and novels. Belle took a keen interest in the society and politics of her age, and her work around the time of the French Revolution is regarded as being of particular interest. Her ﬁrst novel, Le Noble, was published in 1763. It was a satire against the nobility and although it was published anonymously, her identity was soon discovered and her parents withdrew the work from sale. Her parents wanted her to be a ‘good wife’ so she could ﬁnd a suitable husband. Being a ‘good wife’ included: chastity and subservience. One way to keep the women subservience was to have them do needlepoint embroideries, this way they needed to focus on and couldn’t participate in the often political conversations of the men. Belle is also known for her corresponds with numerous people. For example this included letters to her lady friends telling them to not be overshadowed by any man and how to accomplish this. Other letters were from suitors. Belle saw marriage as a way to gain freedom. To one man who told her he was not in love with her, she wrote: “We agree, because I have no talent for subordination”. The collection shows the rebellious woman Belle was.