Francisco van Benthum

Hope Herfst-Wintercollectie ’08/’09

The project

For the HOPE collection inspiration is taken from folklore clothes and silhouettes of Dutch fishermen around the area of De Zuiderzee. The collection blends a pinch of romantic Dutch nostalgia with an abstract and elegant style. HOPE is the first collection that Francisco van Benthum launches under his own name (former WOLF/ van Benthum).

Committee

With his collection Hope, a further development of his high-profile collection Wolf, Van Benthum proves to be the Netherlands’ most powerful fashion talent of today. Substantive conviction, technical perfection, and a sense of original lineation have resulted in a very individual and convincing fashion collection.

— He is the Netherlands' most powerful fashion designer of today.