#8 FolkloreHistoric Beauty

  An exotic
affair

These dreamy images by Edwin Oudshoorn are inspired by a Rousseau-esque painting by the Haitian artist Ramón Cano Manilla and were specially created for The Green Gallery. Lose yourself in their natural beauty_______.

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Tropical beauty, as the pristine bride of an exuberant flowering jungle

Ramón Cano Manilla

(1888-1974) was a Mexican artist from Venezuela who later settled in Mexico. He lived during the Mexican Revolution, when the established order was challenged. The quest for new solutions that followed inspired many local artists and made them particularly receptive to the modernist revolution which was taking place in the European art world. This resulted in Ramón’s fabulous work ‘Indian Woman from Oaxaca’, which was exhibited that year in the Grand Palais in Paris, amongst other places.

“What I enjoyed about this creative project was that collaboration offers you something you could not possibly achieve on your own. It also makes the end-product stronger, and you learn from one another. Ramón Cano Manilla’s painting inspired me enormously, whilst the same time also posing a considerable challenge because - unlike my own work, which is considered romantic and classical - it radiates a distinctively exotic and tropical feeling. The strong contrasts and the almost 2D effect also create an exciting image. That’s why we opted for lots of plants in a combination of various colours with an unusual mix of textures________.”

“FLOWERS FORM A FIRM AND CONSTANT BASE UNDERPINNING ALL MY COLLECTIONS. YOU COULD DEFINITELY CALL IT A TRUE LOVE_______.”
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“FLOWERS FORM A FIRM AND CONSTANT BASE UNDERPINNING ALL MY COLLECTIONS. YOU COULD DEFINITELY CALL IT A TRUE LOVE_______.”
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Edwin Oudshoorn

Edwin Oudshoorn (born in Lisse in 1980) is one of the Netherlands’ most romantic fashion designers working today. An inspired and talented craftsmen through and through who translates his love for life and ultimate beauty into graceful creations, often extravagantly decorated with delicate embroidery, beads and crystals. For the handmade pieces in this production he used soft, light fabrics, flesh-coloured tulle, hand-dyed satin and soft wool. Edwin presented his enchanting collections at various (inter)national fashion shows and exhibitions.

Edwin: “I was born amongst the bulbs, and started an apprenticeship with a florist very early. Flowers have always played an important role in my life, and are very familiar to me. I never used to want to work anywhere else, so I always looked for part-time jobs in and around flower shops. Flowers are a very important source of inspiration for me - I couldn’t do without them. They’re part of me, and therefore part of my collections. My collection ‘return to home’ focused on the blossom branch, because that symbolises life and renewal in Japan. Its lifespan and flowering are determined by elements that you cannot influence, such as the wind, sun and rain. I think that’s a nice idea. You also see a lot of flowers and petals in the prints and the embroidery that I use. Flowers constantly recur as a theme in my work. They provide a firm and constant base underpinning all my collections. You could definitely call it a true love______.”

Favourite flower

Edwin: “I find that flowers and plants reflect a time and a feeling. So I like to see different flowers in each season and in different spaces. There’s not one flower that stands out from me. It’s the remarkable combinations that I find so beautiful_______.”

“ULTIMATE BEAUTY FOR ME IS A LAVISH, FRAGILE CREATION INSPIRED BY THE OPULENT VULNERABILITY OF EXTRAVAGANTLY FLOWERING UNTAMED NATURE.”
Edwin Oudshoorn

Edwin Oudshoorn

Edwin Oudshoorn (born in Lisse in 1980) is one of the Netherlands’ most romantic fashion designers working today. An inspired and talented craftsmen through and through who translates his love for life and ultimate beauty into graceful creations, often extravagantly decorated with delicate embroidery, beads and crystals. For the handmade pieces in this production he used soft, light fabrics, flesh-coloured tulle, hand-dyed satin and soft wool. Edwin presented his enchanting collections at various (inter)national fashion shows and exhibitions.

“ULTIMATE BEAUTY FOR ME IS A LAVISH, FRAGILE CREATION INSPIRED BY THE OPULENT VULNERABILITY OF EXTRAVAGANTLY FLOWERING UNTAMED NATURE.”
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Cast of flowers

Adiatum raddi ‘Fragans’
Asparagus Begonia ‘Tiger’
Calluna Vulgaris ‘Tib’
Cambria Mystic Maze Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Cissus rhombifolia ‘Ellen Danica’
Cocos nucifera
Coleus ‘Henna’ Campfire Cordyline ‘Red Star’ Digitalis Foxlight Rose Ivory
Dowryopteris cordata Dryopteris affinis Echeveria Shaviana Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’
Ficus pumila ‘Belle Sunny’
Fittonia
Heuchera Shanghai Howe forsteriana Hydragea quercifolia Lavandula angus ‘Bule Scnet’
Monstera deliciosa Mossen
Musa ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ Perovskia atriplic ‘Blue Spire’
Phalaenopsis ‘Wild white’
Streptocarpus Zantedeschia Decorum

Concept & Styling
Edwin Oudshoorn & Nick Lynch

Clothes
Edwin Oudshoorn

Photography
Melody Lieftink

Film
Michelle Duijn

Hair & Make-up
Lydia le Loux for MAC and Givenchy.

Models
Allison @ Max Models, Aminanta @ Touche Models

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Cast of flowers

Adiatum raddi ‘Fragans’
Asparagus Begonia ‘Tiger’
Calluna Vulgaris ‘Tib’
Cambria Mystic Maze Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Cissus rhombifolia ‘Ellen Danica’
Cocos nucifera
Coleus ‘Henna’ Campfire Cordyline ‘Red Star’ Digitalis Foxlight Rose Ivory
Dowryopteris cordata Dryopteris affinis Echeveria Shaviana Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’
Ficus pumila ‘Belle Sunny’
Fittonia
Heuchera Shanghai Howe forsteriana Hydragea quercifolia Lavandula angus ‘Bule Scnet’
Monstera deliciosa Mossen
Musa ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ Perovskia atriplic ‘Blue Spire’
Phalaenopsis ‘Wild white’
Streptocarpus Zantedeschia Decorum