You bet! It is not just peace, justice, politics and diplomacy here. There are many other facets to The Hague.
The Hague international city. The Hague creative city. The Hague fashion city…
And now The Hague film city. City’s marketing department is simply spewing out ideas. All in an effort to change the perception that The Hague is a boring city of civil servants and bureaucrats where nothing happens.
Local authorities are rolling out red carpet to film directors and producers. Not only are they welcomed with open embrace, they benefit from fast and easy filming permits procedures and all logistical support. A special film commissioner appointed in 2010 makes sure that there no hiccups in the process.
The exhibition is as optimistic as the man himself. Beautifully curated it unfolds the story of the designer’s universe as you move from room to room. Of course, the striped jersey in its countless reincarnations, mermaids and Madonnas
Though fashion is on the never ending quest for the new and the original, it always looks into the past for inspiration. And it is more than apparent as you walk through the exhibition currently on show at the MoMu fashion Museum in Antwerpen.
Featuring garments and accessories from the historic clothing collection of Jacoba de Jonge, a Dutch private collector, the exhibition presents clothing worn by the middle-class women between 1750 and 1950 on different occasions — lounging at home in the morning, travelling, horse-riding, going to a ball masque. There is an interesting section focusing on pregnancy wear.
In the company of the fashion heavy weights like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani who designed for their respective country teams for the London Olympics 2012, the Dutch label Suit Supply is a novice.
But it is the Suit Supply that created official uniforms for the Dutch squad and judging by the styles we saw yesterday at the opening ceremony they got it right. The colour palette is patriotic but not overbearing; the lines are crisp and elegant, and the blue dresses under orange trenches for the female athletes looked chic and classy.