Ronald Van Der Kemp’s SS23 Couture Collection Is Made From Deadstock Fabrics


Who says Haute Couture can’t reuse unused fabrics and scraps to create wearable art? Ronald van der Kemp thinks so and did so for his spring-summer 2023 couture collection in Paris this week.

The fifty-eight-year-old designer is known for doing things his own way, with a heavy focus on using ethical and recycled fabrics. Choosing deadstock fabrics, he is able to take what isn’t wanted and make it into a most noteworthy creation. “This season we proudly premier our newly in-house developed exclusive couture fabric ‘Trashure Trove,’ created with discarded remnants, as part of our program to create scalable circular exciting fabric creations from textile trash,” shares the house in notes.

Look twenty from the runway show, a hand braided top with hand braided arm pieces, fit and flared crepe skirt with back train is red carpet worthy. Look twenty-nine, though a coat is also red-carpet worthy. The hand-quilted lame assembled coat shimmers but stands out with its shoulder to shoulder floral detailing.

Held in Paris’ 7th, at the Dutch ambassador’s home, red light illuminated the setting, giving a feeling of a problem that needs to be solved. The problem: the world’s problems. And van der Kemp believes fashion can offer solutions, like being sustainable.

Van Der Kemp chose everyday friends of the brand, those who are making a difference and offering solutions to the world’s problems to walk in the show: Roebyem, an environment advocate who’s in the rescue-the-world-business, Anna Hegeman, co-founder of Salle Privée, Anya Firestone, an art and culture theorist who curates events and exhibitions; as well as Broadway producer Jordan Roth and Dutch model Marpessa Hennink.


Looks range from asymmetrical ones, like ‘Project trashure,’ look thirty a gown made with assembled hand created flowers made form textile remnants with a silk mousseline bow. This look especially was made from fabrics that no one wanted. And look twenty-three, which was modeled by a woman named Fama, a model who has always dreamt of the role, wore a mixed media draped column dress- also a look fit for a formal evening.

Having chosen his path long ago, van der Kemp’s couture collection is a unique one-of-a-kind one that feels genuine, made from the heart and with an activism purpose.