Fashion Colloquia 2014

new conversations in fashion




There has been a paradigm shift in the Fashion industry. Advances in technology, a rapidly changing global economy, fragmentation of the supply chain and the development of mobile commerce can be seen to be questioning the viability of traditional business models. Simultaneously, there has been a perceivable rise in the number of global fashion weeks.  This conference will explore a new value-system for the fashion industry, one of fragmentation and democratization in which stakeholders are dealing with the tensions and dichotomies created by a borderless landscape.

The conference will focus on the following themes:
Theme 1: New Technology: products, business models and processes.
Theme 2: New education: methods, delivery and achievements.
Theme 3: New voices: aesthetics, consumption and brands.



The registration for the conference is closed. For hotel suggestions in the area please contact Mary van den Brink (AMFI).


Thursday 23rd January 2014
12 pm –  6 pm (followed by drinks)
Friday 24th January 2014
08.30 am   – 5.00 pm

Detailed programme

For more information please contact
Merel Staverman-van de Beek (AMFI).
or +31 (0)20 -595 4522.



Prof. Dr. Hein Daanen is Professor of Fashion & Technology at AMFI. He is an associate of CREATE-IT applied research, the knowledge centre of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) School of Design and Communication, of which AMFI is a part. Hein Daanen is also Professor of Thermal Physiology at the VU University Amsterdam and a researcher at TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research). He has specialised in 3D anthropometry (with applications in garment sizing) and thermal physiology (with applications regarding heat and moisture transfer in clothing).

Hein Daanen studied Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam, going on to specialise in muscle electrical activity at Leiden University. In 1991 he joined TNO, as department head and researcher (Principal Scientist). He has published over eighty scientific papers.


Anne Marie Commandeur is Owner and Director of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam. In 1987 she started studio Commandeur, a forecasting and design office with a strong expertise in innovative development and design of fibre, textiles and materials. In 2004 she founded Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, a source of information for the style related industries reporting on consumer mindsets, environment, technological development and trend-setting movements in fashion, design and art.

Annemarie Commandeur has been teaching for many years at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and has been a member of many advisory panels for the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and is also a regular member of exam committees for various art and design schools. She lectures on trend-setting movements at international forums,  exhibitions, congresses and seminars.


Madelief Hohé is the Curator of the Fashion & Costume department at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. She studied Art History at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, and worked as a graduate student at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Madelief has curated many successful exhibitions for the Gemeentemuseum; Modes en Miroir in collaboration with the Musee Galliera, was presented in both Paris and Den Haag (2005), Fashion NL: the Next Generation (2006), Court Fashions (2007), The Ideal Man (2008), Haute Couture. Voici Paris! (2010), Fashion ♥ Art (2011), Fabulous Fifties (2012) and The Chanel Legend (until February 2014). She is now working on an exhibition of Nineteenth Century Fashion for fall 2014.

main location

Hogeschool van Amsterdam
(Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
9th floor of the Kohnstammhuis
Wibautstraat 4
1091 GM Amsterdam
The Netherlands


The Fashion Colloquia is made up of a core network of 4 institutions, connected by their residence and involvement in the four big ‘Fashion weeks’ across the globe. As result, members of this core network use the occurrence of fashion weeks to organise a series of colloquia to operate in tandem to the fashion weeks.

At each colloquium there will be a mixture of specific themes, of particular relevance to the specific location, and series themes, which allows different sets of contributions to be added and explored. For the Winter 2014 edition, AMFI was asked to host this Fashion Colloquium.