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SHOWstudio takes part in the Moba Biennale seminar

This year the Arnhem Mode Biennale, recently renamed MoBA, takes up the topic of Fetishism in Fashion and presents a multi disciplinary and extensive presentation of the subject. Located in Arnhem, one of the Netherlands most creatively vibrant destinations and made famous by the acclaimed fashion institute ArtEz, the biennale presents fetishism through a series of sub genres, from infantalism to spiritualism, bondage to the nude. This week the organisers hosted a seminar which staged fourteen talks over the course of two days and SHOWstudio's head of fashion film Marie Schuller, and Shop's associate director Niamh White were invited to join the roster of impressive creatives to talk. Other speakers at the seminar included the curator of the biennale and noted trend forecaster Lidewji Edelkoort, milliner Little Shilpa, photographer Ruud van der Peijl, historian Dominique Fallecker and sexual anthropologist and designer Betony Vernon. In a fantastic meeting of minds, the conference unpicked the infiltration of fetishism in the fashion industry and explored the potential in unlocking the trend.

MoBA has also dedicated an exhibition space to SHOWstudio's acclaimed film series Fashion Fetish. Born out of the ideas explored in our exhibition Selling Sex, the film series was produced by exclusively female directors, artists and designers whose brief was to explore fetishism in a film. The series looks at the fetishisation of the female body from a number of perspectives, offering up varying takes on sexuality, sensuality and desire. The films on display include those by Marie Schuller, Daphne Guinness, Liberty Ross, Dasha Zhukova, Erica Schreiner and Poppy de Villeneuve.

The biennale remains open until the end of July and showcases fashion greats alongside the brightest young talent emerging from the colleges today. It is certainly worth a trip to Arnhem.