The unique four-day fashion festival FASHIONCLASH promises to exceed all expectations with unique work from more than 150 young designers and artists from all over the world including countries such as Italy, Spain, China, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Uruguay, Australia, United Kingdom and Belgium.

Alessandro Trincone

Expect extraordinary fashion shows, crossover theatre and dance performance, the wilfully 9th edition of Clash Project and the Fashion Makes Sense LAB especially composed for this edition. This LAB will include expositions, a designer market, workshops and fashion talks. Moreover, the long expected opening of the new incubator, the Forza Fashion House Maastricht will also be part of this year’s edition.
FASHIONCLASH is a unique opportunity to stimulate your senses, to be inspired by the world of fashion, to meet new upcoming international fashion talents and obviously to enjoy the fashion city of Maastricht.

Alessandro Trincone

29 June: Opening Forza Fashion House

The opening program will take place at the Forza Fashion House Maastricht in the LAB Building/Het Radium, the breeding ground for creative, cultural and entrepreneurial Maastricht. At this time the doors will open for the new Business Development Lab & Incubator for fashion talent. Apart from a work studio, a collective meeting spot, a multifunctional event space and a showroom, the lab will end up being the official FASHIONCLASH office.

Under supervision of theatre maker Joost Howard and Nina Willems, a theatrical night will be presented with crossover performances established and executed by young talents in Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design (MAFAD) and The Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts. The entire evening is dedicated to the clash between disciplines in relation to ‘Senses’. In short, the start of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017!


30 June up until 2 July – Fashion Makes Sense LAB

The Fashion Makes Sense LAB is especially designed for this edition’s interactive lab with an exposition, designer market, performances, films, workshops and fashion talks. In relationship to the central theme ‘Fashion Makes Sense’ a curated selection of work will be exposed. Here you can explore the extraordinary installations and presentations of Pleun van Dijk, Floriane Misslin, Olle Lundin, M.A.F. van der Vloed, Jo Cope and Marlou Breuls. Furthermore there will be a live sewing studio by slowFASHIONfast from Bosnia and Herzegovina, presentation and workshop from Waag TextileLab and interactive performance by Mami Izumi and Iris Woutera. The designer market offers a unique experience where you can meet new designers and obtain one of a kind clothing, jewellery and accessories by LUDUS, LOV-S, Nous Avons, Soolista, JEN MM DSHN and many more.

Sunday 2 July will be dedicated to dialogues and encounters; the Fashion Talks. Here the audience, designers and more will be debating about (Does) Fashion Makes Sense.


30 June & 1 July: Fashion Shows & Performances


The opportunity to embrace the collections of international fashion talent is at the shows. FASHIONCLASH Festival offers a stage for designers from the entire world including Allesandro Tricone from Italy, WUETRICHFUERST from Switzerland, NEO Design from Serbia Chain from Argentina, Rita Afonso from Portugal, Hocheol Moon from Germany and Ysabel Cloherty from Australia, Peer Cox from the Netherlands and many more.

Friday evening (June 30) will include the MAFAD Show 2017 that will present graduation collections from the fashion students of MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design).

Before the party breaks loose, the Awards Show is going to take place, and the KALTBLUT Magazine Award and Chapeau Magazine Award will be handed out.

Federico Cina

Performances & Performing Space

FASHIONCLASH is known for exciting crossover theatres, dance and music. This year everyone will be surprised with diverse performances like live music, performances by Couzin, a theatre performance by Lotte Milder and a special presentation of artist duo Les Deux Garçons. Furthermore, FASHIONCLASH approaches the space where the shows will take place as a ‘performing space’ this year, where designers can present their work and challenge designers to show their collection to the general audience.


Clash Project 1 July

Ever since the first edition of the festival, the Clash project has been presented. During this project ten non-fashion designers are challenged to create an artwork and exhibit it to the audience at the catwalk. Participants are designers like Aina Seerden, filmmaker Daniel van Hauten, artist Amy Whittle and designers Mandy Roos and Victoria Ledig. Explore this special dynamic between fashion and art and admire their avant-garde creations on Saturday evening.


Other Events & Tours

During FASHIONCLASH, SAM-Decorfabriek is not the only active space. Ebby Port presents her newest collection on Saturday 1 July at the Van Eyck Academy. Here you can also discover the work of Van Eyck Academy’s participant Rosanne van Wijk.
At Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture you have the possibility to experience ‘Future Petroleum’ performance by Annika Kappner. The authentic Thiessen Wijnkoopers will serve as a stage where young design students from MAFAD are exhibiting their work.

There will be tours which offer the unique opportunity to explore the fashion city of Maastricht.
Look at for the latest up-to-date information about the program, the designers and more.

LAU by Laura Verdonk

When: from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July 2017.
– Festival Main venue (30 June – 2 July): SAMdecorfabriek, Meerssenerweg 215, Maastricht – Opening Forza Fashion House Maastricht (29 June): 2nd floor LAB Building/The Radium, Lage Frontweg 2A.
– Other locations: Jan van Eyck Academy, Marres and Thiessen Wijnkoopers

Tickets: FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible for everyone and mostly free (excl. the fashion shows). Tickets for fashion shows are available at and during the festival at SAMdecorfabriek.