Above: Tim Groen: Bas Kosters, Amsterdam
“It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it,” could be the mantra of Bas Kosters, the energizer bunny of the Dutch fashion scene. His bright, cartoonish, vaguely 1970’s children’s television-inspired characters appear on anthing from baby carriages and beer cans, to, of course, his own collections. Relatively new to prêt-a-porter, he has been creating one-off fashion items for a small group of eccentric devotees since 2005, when he founded Bas Kosters Studio. Additionally he has been crafting fabric dolls; life size dolls, small dolls, cushion dolls, dolls with genitalia, all kinds of dolls, as if to populate his own parallel universe with whimsy. But whatever it is that Bas is doing, and whomever he is doing it with or for, it all clearly leads back to his own, highly personal narrative.
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