The Grote Kerk Breda presents Royal Fashion Design, an exhibition featuring new creations by Dutch fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen. The exhibition will include his renowned ‘royal’ designs – many of which have been worn by Queen Máxima on official occasions – and a series of new pieces especially designed for the exhibition.
New Collection for Grote Kerk Breda
In Royal Fashion Design, Mattijs van Bergen’s couture will be presented in the magnificent alcoves of the Grote Kerk. 'Beauty and quality require time and concentration, says van Bergen. With his layered and colourful designs, the contemporary designer is perfectly suited for the royal and historical context of the Grote Kerk.
Van Bergen worked with various craftspeople for this collection. The pieces in it are inspired by the strong women of the House of Nassau and the history of the Grote Kerk. Two such sources of inspiration were Johanna van Polanen and Engelbrecht II’s suit of armour.
The creations are an ode to woman and throw light on her as a muse, goddess, heroine, queen, protector and giver of life. Creative Luxury for Headstrong Women – the central vision of Van Bergen’s work – is not only a perfect match for the Grote Kerk but also for Breda itself. After all, everyone in Breda knows the proverb engraved on the big Nassau clock of the church in 1667: “Those in Breda who wish to live in harmony must give women the upper hand.”
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