SPECIAL PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS
Maarten van der Horst is a Designer, Creative Director, Brand Consultant and Visual Artist.
In addition to designs under his eponymous label, clients include; Acne Studios, Topshop, Diesel, Casio G Shock and SHOWstudio.
He joins DECEMBER to collaborate on special projects and is available upon request for commissions and consultancy.
Born in the Netherlands, Maarten has trained at the renowned Artez institute of the Arts, where he joins esteemed alumni Viktor & Rolf, he also gained experience at the Chloé atelier during his degree. His vibrant and joyous hand painted BA collection showed his developing signature for highly personal statements using D-I-Y techniques.
Maarten van der Horst went on to develop his aesthetic on the prestigious Central St Martins MA Womenswear course under Louise Wilson. His AW11 collection debuted at LFW and was met with critical acclaim from editors and buyers, Van der Horst’s designs are technically advanced yet highly wearable, as they exude a light hearted, joyful elegance without neglecting craftsmanship. The collection channeled transvestism and escapism through its marrying of intricately embroidered, second-hand Nylon petticoats with Hawaiian shirts, Capri trousers and Bermuda shorts, creating a John Waters-inspired wardrobe.
Maarten was selected by Lulu Kennedy to show his womenswear under Fashion East for SS12, AW12, SS13 and followed with a menswear presentation for AW13. He has since developed several capsule collections bearing his signature for Topshop, collaborating on the Art Direction and casting for the campaign. For AW13 MVDH was awarded NEWGEN sponsorship for both women’s and menswear where he presented his celebrated designs and showed an irreverent take on band t-shirts which form the inspiration for his logo.