State of Fashion 2022 | Ways of Caring? Apply now for our Open Call for Contributors! Deadline December 16th


Are you willing to work collaboratively with peers from all over the world, to create engaging new work for State of Fashion 2022 | Ways of Caring? Apply now for our Open Call for Contributors!

For the biennial 2022, State of Fashion will host a series of multiple Open Calls. Through this first Open Call for Contributors, individual and collective fashion practitioners – designers, artists, performers, activists, healers, farmers, educators, etc – are invited to join and co-create the exhibition “Fashion as Encounters” curated by @not_enough_collective.
As NOT____ENOUGH Collective considers collective work as pivotal in resisting the dominant standards in fashion, they are looking for max. 9 practitioners to collectively create 3 new works, especially for this exhibition. With this Open Call for Contributors, they are looking to find creators and thinkers with radical ideas, who are willing to contribute to the biennial’s plural approach, to actively challenge and transform fashion. Are you one of them?

We encourage people from different practices, backgrounds, and locations to be part of the co-creations. We welcome, but do not limit to, designers, artists, activists, knitters, seamstresses, researchers, educators, performers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, and fashion enthusiasts all over the world. Individuals and groups of any age, nationality and country of residence are invited to send proposals.

The Open Call for Contributors closes on December 16th 2021. Please visit the State of Fashion website ( for more info and how to apply for our Open Call for Contributors!


State of Fashion is an international fashion platform that connects pioneers in fashion design, research and business, and shares their ideas and innovations with the world. We stand for critical reflection on common positions and models in the fashion industry. With a biennial, discussion programs, labs for design research, exhibitions and publications, we bring visionary ideas from the Netherlands and abroad together. Together with designers, companies, scientists, educators, consumers and other stakeholders in fashion, we actively explore an urgently needed new fashion system.

State of Fashion explicitly connects fashion to the social issues and to challenges of our time: inclusivity and fair practice, the impact of globalization, and the climate crisis. How can fashion contribute to a solution to these problems and to a better world? We examine how the fashion behavior of people worldwide can bring about change, in such a way that fashion plays a meaningful, positive role in the lives of all people, anywhere in the world, whether you are a fashion designer, a textile worker, a retailer or a citizen in a shopping street.

State of Fashion builds on the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (2005 – 2013) as well as on the profile built up by Arnhem as a hub for renewal, research and innovation in fashion. The platform is part of the Sonsbeek & State of Fashion Foundation, which also organizes the four-yearly Sonsbeek manifestation in Arnhem. The Foundation is structurally supported by the Municipality of Arnhem and the Province of Gelderland. From 2021 on, State of Fashion will be supported through the four-year funding system of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science.

State of Fashion works closely with partners from the Netherlands and abroad to increase awareness of the current challenges in the fashion system and to bring about actual change.


Steven van Teeseling, general director
Raymond de Haas, controller
Astrid Ubbink, office manager
Esther Muñoz Grootveld, head of programme State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Renee van der Hoek, projectmanager State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Katarina Molin Mota, projectmanager State of Fashion Biennial 2022
Aimy Eyzenbach, social media manager
Zsa Zsa Furnée, project assistant

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.