Maaike is a young Belgium designer, aspiring to share her stories in the form of clothing and accessories. Fashion is her medium of choice to give form to her ideas. Although she also ventures outside the format of fashion to give rise to her ideas.
As a designer she wants to learn about others and be inspired by them. She will continue to make limited edition clothing, made with precious time and thought, to be cherished and used for a long time. Maaike graduated in 2016 at KASK Ghent.
She uses prints, pleats, simple symmetrical shapes and classical patterns. Attempting to give her clothing a life of their own, she hopes new stories are created while they are being worn, forming lasting memories in the mind of their owner.
Thanks to her first award from Eskimo, she had the chance to collaborate with eskimo for a capsule collection. Afterwards she received her second award from Belmodo where she wil be a guest editor in January 2017.
And furthermore attaching great significance to the sensation the wearer has while wearing her clothing and the way they can make the wearer feel. She finds her inspiration all around her, but admits to falling in love with the culture of the rising sun, which has greatly influenced her personal work.
She did an internship at down town Ghent at Fashion Company Black Balloon, where she had personal experience with the designers and their clients, I had a chance to see all aspects of a small fashion company. Recently she started her own company as a parttime designer creating her new career,and looking for adventure. Starting with a first show at the Amsterdam Fashion week 2017.