Christie’s + Ronald van der Kemp (RVDK) Present: Couture for Change – Couture Face masks in Aid of Refugee Company – Text by Ivo Barraza Castaneda.

The world’s first ethical and sustainable couture brand; RVDK is partnering up with the renowned auction platform Christies. Together, they are staging an online charity auction open for bidding from 17-30 September on RVDK has kindly donated 29 unique and exceptional face-masks which will be offered without reserve and the auction revenue will be donated to Refugee Company. Furthermore, all 29 face masks will be on view at Christie’s Amsterdam and can be viewed by appointment weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm between 17 and 30 September 2020.


The pieces to auction are a Haute Couture interpretation of the face mask. Some of them are truly sculptural, like that knot, polkadot mask that wraps all around the face which reminds to the universe of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Actually, you can find traces of artistic both modern and contemporary references all along the collection.



My personally favorite ones are the ones with big embroidered rhyme stones and that one with acetate fringes. I hope the bids go high on those. They would make not only amazing couture accesories but also beautiful objects to collect.




Finally, as mentioned before. All the revenues from the auction will be donated to the Company. Refugee (all letters stroked) Company offers people with a refugee background a chance to integrate themselves into their new social home, they give personal guidance, they help facilitating the access to jobs and learning the Dutch language.




Ivo Barraza Castaneda

Hello, my name is Ivo. My three favorite things in life are: Thinking deeply about visual creation, and almost anything in life. But I like to focus in visual creation. I like having long discussions of ideas that might reinvent the course of history. And finally, spending time with the people I love. Since I was a child, I was always involved in some activity around plastic arts, music and literature. That’s how I learned to sew by hand at the age of five, which later led me to focus on my main proffesional media: Fashion Design.