We congratulate Mohamed Benchellal, recipient of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium Edition 12!
Mohamed Benchellal receives the Mode Stipendium for his designs that combine sculptural beauty with technical ingenuity. And because, as the standard-bearer of Dutch contemporary fashion, he has put himself on the international couture map in just a decade, entirely on his own strength and with unflappable ambition.
The Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium was celebrated on Wednesday November 29th 2023 at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and could also be viewed online with a live stream on the website of the Dutch Fashion Foundation.
Now Mohamed Benchellal’s work can also be viewed in the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium Virtual Gallery. In this specially designed Digital Gallery of Honour with fashion art, the work of the designers who have received the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium over the past 12 years is highlighted in an innovative way. The Digital Gallery of Honour is accessible to everyone, even those who have no experience with digital fashion and the metaverse.
The Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium was established by a private patron and Het Cultuurfonds in 2011 and is the biggest grant made available to individual fashion designers in The Netherlands.
All images by RDVA – Reinier van der Aart
About the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium
Designers who qualify for the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium have been individually running a unique fashion design label for a considerable time and are based in the Netherlands. They put Dutch fashion nationally and internationally on the map with a unique signature and have developed an exceptional quality within their collection and in their business strategy. The Mode Stipendium positions itself as an incentive and achievement prize. It is the most prestigious acknowledgement a fashion designer can receive within the contemporary Dutch fashion field. The grant enables the designer to take the necessary steps in the further development of the label and brand.
Recipients of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium up till now are Mohamed Benchellal (2023), MAISON the FAUX (2022), Claes Iversen (2021), Erik Frenken (2019), Bas Kosters (2018), Ronald van der Kemp (2017), Iris van Herpen (2016), Youasme Measyou (2015), Jan Taminiau (2014), Truus and Riet Spijkers (2013), Francisco van Benthum (2012) and Ilja Visser (2011).
Het Cultuurfonds invests more than 40 million euros annually in the future of culture and nature, thanks to private donations and legacies, collaboration with partners, and contributions from the VriendenLoterij and the Nederlandse Lotterij. Every year, more than 3,500 culture and nature projects receive a financial contribution through Het Cultuurfonds throughout the Netherlands, in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and in Suriname.
Dutch Fashion Foundation
Dutch Fashion Foundation has been selected as a partner by Het Cultuurfonds in the implementation of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium. With its unparalleled experience in guiding Dutch top talents in the highest fashion segment, the Dutch Fashion Foundation contributes to the outcome of the stipend at various levels; from selection procedure and production of the event to guidance of the recipient in utilizing the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium.
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Partners of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium Edition 12
All partners of the 12th edition of the Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium believe in joining forces to create a collective moment for Dutch fashion.
With their contribution Rijksmuseum Amsterdam,
FashionUnited, PAN Amsterdam
and 4C Creative Cad Cam Consultants
collectively help to lift talent development in Dutch fashion design to a next level.