Do It Yourself Dress

published in: Fashion, Graphics By Costas Voyatzis, 30 March 2009

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Berber Soepboer approached Michiel Schuurman in August 2008 to design the textile for a series of dresses. The COLOURING & the ASSEMBLY dresses were shown on the 7th of September in Bergeick in 'De Ploeg', a very famous textile factory.  Although  Michiel spent a lot of time to design over a 100 patterns and Berber worked around the clock to get the sewing and the hundreds of buttons done, the result proves the chemistry between them.

About Berber Soepboer: She especially designs clothing which can be worn in different ways, so the wearer can make choices in how to wear the cloth. According to her words “Life exists of many choices based on expectations, desire and the available time. When everything is still possible the world seems an incredible place”.She translates these endless possibilities in her design.
About Michiel Schuurman: Hestudied graphic design and typography for two years on the Koninklijke Academie voor de Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag and graduated as graphic designer in 2002 on the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. His work is almost always about altering typography to the point where it fully replaces image. The sometimes psychedelic designs are strongly based on classic typographic laws and the pure contrast between black and white.

The first one being dress with a black and white dessin, which can be hand-coloured.

The second one is a set of three dresses that can be taken apart and combined with a button-system.


Michiel Schuurman, Berber SoepboerGreen light district

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    BRETAS Camille | 2009-03-30 22:16:49

    Just love it ! Does it come out when you wash it though ?

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    Trededded | 2009-03-30 23:30:24

    It would be wonderfull how gentlemen would paint the skirt of wined lady at the restaurant... so romatick

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    Tripoid | 2009-03-30 23:31:36

    But if lady won`t like it, they could draw imagite with explicit content - not so good...

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    Pr Z | 2009-03-31 09:20:48

    see also Brizio

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    mimi | 2009-04-01 06:55:56

    wow i like it! Can we see more works of the designer? I like changeable clothes and diy!~

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    patricia de miranda | 2009-04-01 15:54:05

    allllllllllllways your post are the best "of the web", congratulations and thanksssssssss always for to show so great images of great design!!!

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    evasθe | 2009-04-03 07:44:43

    just simply brilliant... luv to give one of my gf and of course paint it!

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    Fabinho | 2009-04-03 17:05:46

    Genial! How to market in Brazil?

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    Marcos Pontes | 2009-04-03 21:12:59

    Nice !!!

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    Corrine | 2009-05-07 10:27:57

    that is absolutely brilliant. i've never spent too much on clothing, but i would spend a fortune to have those dresses.. amazing... so amazing.

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    Jullias | 2009-05-07 17:24:14

    what kind of magic marker do you use? Could it be acrylic marker for clothes?

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    Phil | 2009-05-12 02:17:48

    ok... very cool... is it for sale???

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    Ash | 2009-05-27 16:16:27

    I want one! Where can I buy it in Holland? :-)

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    Sabine | 2009-05-28 00:27:57

    How supercool! I want one of those :D:D:D (the colour-yourself dress)

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    Haifa | 2009-06-02 15:05:05

    really nice idea , i hope the colors doesn't fade after being washed

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    Alex | 2009-06-09 07:06:30

    Interesting concepts, but the patterns printed on them hurt my eyes. They're distractingly bright and rather ugly to me.

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    haifa Wehbe | 2009-06-28 20:10:44

    really nice idea , i hope the colors doesn't fade after being washed

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    French Blast | 2009-07-30 05:57:27

    This idea is very clever!

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    maria | 2009-11-13 03:06:40

    these dresses are so ugly no one would like to by them

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    jay anderson | 2010-02-28 15:31:22

    love this article and have highlighted it on mine with full credits to here!

  • friend
    renata a | 2010-06-11 16:18:29

    donde se compran???

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