RVDK’S ARMY OF LOVE – a creative performance with hope for the future and to fight for a more conscious fashion world

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp delivered a positive and hopeful message for the future with a performance piece with 29 masked models appearing in the windows of the Hotel Europe and one model arrived by boat. All of them were wearing archive pieces as well as pieces from the latest collection accompanied by a couture mask designed especially for this performance.

Ronald wants to help refugees and decided to auction the masks and donate the profits to the Refugee company, which will open the first factory in Holland to produce surgical masks made by refugees.

Choreography Nathalie Haelermans

Zoom meeting on set, instructing the models

Photos by Marijke Aerden

Film by Kitty Kooring for the soon to be released RVDK Documentary…coming in the fall

and a short 30 sec film by a 3 man camera crew and a drone operator.

Music -fragments of intro ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Richard Strauss

Selected couture masks, sketches and images of the event will be exhibited in Amsterdam in September 2020 and auctioned to benefit Refugee Company.


For weeks now we are confined in our homes

We are told to wear masks when we go outside

An outside threat

An eerie new reality

The only thing we can do is surrender



We put globalization on hold

Bringing back a deep appreciation for our local heroes, front line workers, neighbors

A chance for societal change

The world on halt

We see that the skies are clearer, nature blooms and even wild animals come out


The constraints of these times fuel our imagination, forcing us to reimagine the future

Making us all aware of our destructive relationship with the planet

A time to reconsider our industry and how it is participating to a world that is facing a tremendous crisis


It’s up to us how we move forward, how we preserve this state of mindfulness

and appreciativeness of the things we need to miss out now

It’s up to all of us to what extent we are willing to listen to all the signals we are given

Moving away from quantity back to quality

Appreciating local craftsmanship, substance and soul

This is our chance to reset


It’s up to us to reveal ourselves

To stop hiding behind filters

Stop hiding an inconvenient truth

Who are we as humans and as companies and what do we stand for?

Let’s make the world beautiful and healthy

Let’s make history and start a true sustainable era!

“New ethics in luxury fashion’

Ronald van der Kemp, April 23 2020


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.