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Jan Taminiau wins Grand Seigneur

On 27 March during the National Fashion Congress, Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminau will receive the highest honour in Dutch fashion, the Grand Seigneur.

By Editor / 13-03-2014

This year the award goes to Jan Taminiau, one of the Netherlands’ most prominent fashion designers. The designer will receive the award from Modint, the organisation of businesses for fashion, interior, carpet and textiles.

“Jan Taminiau is one of the Netherlands’ leading designers for a new generation and gives so many new impulses to the creative industry in our country,” says Han Bekke, head of the jury and president of Modint. “He knows how to combine traditional fabrics and craft techniques with forward-thinking design.”

The designer may be best known for dressing Queen Maximá during the inauguration of her husband King Willem-Alexander. Taminau dressed the Queen on various previous occasions and became a household name thanks to his use of characteristic Dutch postal bags. 

The Grand Seigneur was conceived back in 1984 to reward people, companies or institutions who create a better understanding of fashion and clothing through action, performance and personality. The award isn’t about signalling and rewarding outstanding trends or fashions. It is about people or companies who have contributed to fashion and fashion consciousness in consumers over a longer period of time. These people or companies are awarded the Grand Seigneur.

This year’s judges – Louki Boin, Liesbeth in ’t Hout, Mariëtte Hoitink, Jan Berger, Frans Ankoné, John de Greef and head Han Bekke – unanimously agreed on the winner of the 26th Grand Seigneur. According to them, Jan Taminiau is a perfect candidate for this prestigious prize.

Jan Taminiau will be part of an impressive list of winners including Viktor&Rolf, footwear designer Jan Jansen, Marlies Dekkers, Lidewij Edelkoort, G-Star Raw, and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The previous Grand Seigneur was awarded to fashion journalist Fiona Hering.

The prize, a sculpture by artist Wendela Gevers Deynoot, will be awarded during the second National Fashion Congress in the City Hall of Arnhem. The award ceremony will take place during a reception hosted by FashionWeek the Netherlands. The National Fashion Congress is a collaboration between MODINT and CLICKNL|NextFashion.

Images: Peter Stigter

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