Femke de Vries works as an artist/researcher in fashion where she explores the interaction between clothing as (material) objects of use and fashion as a process of value production.
Through deconstruction and re-readings from various perspectives, she aims to expose workings of fashion / modes of fashioning. Seeking alternative scenarios for makers and users she takes in consideration the role of fashion communication formats, cultural references and material culture questioning hierarchies and emphasising the physical reality of use. Her research led practice is driven by collaboration and results in works that connect theory and practice.
She has a background in Fashion Design (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Fashion Strategy (ArtEZ Fashion Masters). Projects/works have taken shape through collaborations with and presentations at: Alicia Framis, Beijing Design Week, BLESS, Conny Groenewegen, Droog design, Dutch Design Week, Elisa van Joolen, e-flux/TimeBank, Hanka van der Voet, Hans Gremmen, Harvard Design Magazine, Joke Robaard, Modebiennale Arnhem, Np3, Onomatopee, Ruby Hoette, Stroom Den Haag, View 2 Magazine.
In collaboration with Onomatopee she published two books: Fashioning Value – Undressing Ornament (2015, reprint 2018) and Dictionary Dressings (2016). Through positions at various universities including ArtEZ Fashion Masters, WDKA (Willem de Kooning Academy) and HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht) she has developed specialized educational programs and tutored graduation research projects.
Together with Hanka van der Voet and Elisa van Joolen she founded Warehouse, a place for clothes in context in Amsterdam.