Jan Boelo

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Collection – Spring/Summer 2011

‘Le Rescapé’ is the name of my spring/summer 2011 collection. Its all-covering theme is the feeling of survival. This is exactly what the title means: to have escaped from, having survived. The JanBoelo women are strong and in control of their lives, but these women also have a dark, mysterious and indefinable past. The models look like they’ve...
Jan Boelo (1988) grew up in Heiligerlee, a small village in the north of The Netherlands. As a child he always played outside in the woods. He had a rich imagination and always imagined himself as a pirate or a cowboy. At secondary school he won the ‘concours culturel’, an annual art competition organised for a few secondary schools in the area. He won with a dress he had designed. A passion had been born. Jan Boelo got in touch with Edgar Vos, and was very much intrigued by the way Mr Vos talked about his work as a fashion designer. Vos talked about dressing women and about his couture so passionately, that Jan Boelo got even more enthusiastic about starting his studies of Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Art. During his studies he developed a great fascination for techniques, the ‘how-made’ of a garment. He considers it very important for a fashion designer to know how a garment is put together. Because, when you know that, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. It’s all about the techniques that have been and can be used. These techniques can be adapted and employed the way you want and they can be combined with your own, strong design. After various traineeships at Paul Schulten’s, Jan Taminiau’s, Marloes Blaas’s and Balmain’s, he started his own label in 2010. It is very important for him to have the absolute freedom to create his own dreams. Dreams of powerful people with a style and personality of their own.