MAGAZINE | Hijacking the Language of Fashion

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LAUNCH Re|Fuse Magazine #2! In the upcoming Re|Fuse Magazine Vivienne Westwood, Wilbert Das, Renny Ramakers, Ronald Van Der Kemp, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Bas Kosters, upcoming talent from ArtEZ and many others will challenge the boundaries of [not only] fashion and reflect on today’s search for sustainability and luxury, in line with this year’s theme of State of Fashion. This issue will present 148 pages, filled with powerful statements, artefacts of beauty and hopeful theories, created by photographers, designers and artists of name & fame and bounded by the beautiful, inclusive and colourful language of fashion.

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RE FUSE MAGAZINE #2

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, WILBERT DAS, RENNY RAMAKERS, RONALD VAN DER KEMP, SCARLETT HOOFT GRAAFLAND, BAS KOSTERS, UPCOMING FASHION TALENT AND MANY OTHERS CHALLENGE THE BOUNDARIES OF NOT ONLY FASHION.

TIME TO LOOK CLOSER...

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AMSTERDAM - Re|Fuse is a non-profit, online and offline magazine initiated by visual artist Olfa Ben Ali in 2017, that hijacks the traditional language of fashion to address cutting-edge and ever-changing social issues. Re|Fuse is a unique collaborative voice for the unstoppable fashion flow of challenging trends,  sustainable mindsets & styles of humanity coming out of global hotspots as diverse as Aleppo, London, Ramallah, Baghdad, Mogadishu, Athens, Amsterdam and New York.

In Re|Fuse Magazine #2 Vivienne Westwood, Wilbert Das, Renny Ramakers, Ronald Van Der Kemp, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Bas Kosters, upcoming talent from ArtEZ and many others challenge the boundaries of [not only] fashion and reflect on today’s search for sustainability and luxury. Re|Fuse Magazine #2 presents 148 pages, filled with powerful statements, artefacts of beauty and hopeful theories, created by photographers, designers and artists of name & fame and bounded by the beautiful, inclusive and colourful language of fashion.

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Volume#2 | Wendelien Daan

Do we wait to see this future play out, or do we already start to build a new type of materialism, now?
GWEN CUNNINGHAM

The 20th century was about consumption; consumption leads to everyman for himself and the breakdown of community, without community you can’t have culture. If we had culture we would have cooperation, and we would not be in the shit.

-      VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

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Volume#2 |Jonathan Herman

It is as if we must punish and sacrifice ourselves in order to be sustainable. Giving up all of life’s extras seems to be the only solution.

— RENNY RAMAKERS

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Volume#2 |Lonneke van der Palen

Sustainability must flow from personal perspective and conviction, drawing upon knowledge, craft, a critical approach, social awareness and zeitgeist.

— MATTHIJS BOELEE, ARTEZ

LOOK CLOSER

Re|Fuse #1 (2017) focused on the migration crisis and was an unequivocal success (also exhibited in Stedelijk Museum), delivering an array of perspectives on one of the biggest challenges facing Europe today through the lens of fashion and contributors including Ai WeiWei, Barbara Visser, Hala Al-Abed, Bas Kosters & Liselore Frowijn. Re|Fuse #2 explores the many-faceted parameters of luxury and sustainability, aiming to function as a mirror for the individual reader, encouraging contemplation and acting as a magnifying glass through which attitudes of fashion and society towards the concept of luxury and sustainability come to light.

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Re|Fuse Magazine is put together patiently, creating a precious, irreplaceable 'garment', in print and online, woven together from the pieces provided by the various contributors. Many inspiring artists, designers, educators, researchers and likeminded have submitted their view on luxury and sustainability for this issue of Re|Fuse Magazine. The published contributions are just the tip of the iceberg – visit www.refusemagazine.com to explore the full scope of voices. Now, and in the future.

Vivienne Westwood, Wilbert Das, Bas Koster, Gwen Cunningham, Stéphane Barbier,  *DIED* Amir Tikriti, Saskia van Drimmelen & Margreet Sweerts, Ronald van der Kemp, Matthijs Boelee, Afriek, Renny Ramakers, Olfa Ben Ali, Kara Fraser, Wilco Versteeg, Jelmer Mommers, Lonneke van der Palen, Wendelien Daan, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Jonathan Herman, Machtheld Schouten, Karina Lopez, Andreas Verheijen, Caro Verbeek, Pieter Leendertse, Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Maartje Terpstra, Pieter van der Houwen, Ammar Albonya and more!

Re|Fuse Magazine #2 is a mind-blowing must read experience for anyone who is interested in fashion and art and who wants to be challenged by a different conversation on luxury, sustainability and the world of fashion. Re|Fuse Magazine #2 can be found in the better kiosk, bookstore, museum shops and online via www.refusemagazine.com. To make Re|Fuse #2 as accessible as possible the price of the magazine is € 9.95. Proceeds raised by the sale of this issue of Re|Fuse #2 will go to select NGOs addressing the intersection of luxury and sustainability.

If you also want to be part of Re|Fuse #2 you can share your viewpoints through a written article, video, photography or any means of media. Create your contribution to the theme of ‘Luxury & Sustainability’, and sent it to info@olfabenali.com 

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Fashion is a language without words, a universal language. Humans use fashion to communicate something about themselves visually and to relate to others. The fashion we want to share with you is a fashion for humanity. 
Founder Olfa Ben Ali

Olfa is a visual artist born in Toulouse, France. She lives and works in Amsterdam. She received her bachelor of art from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 2012. Vision and language interrelate in her works, which deal with the melancholy of loss, hopes for the future and the sometimes stark and harsh contrasts of the present that stand in between past and future. Using a language that crosses borders, disciplines and systems, her own experiences and minority discourse she questions and challenges with Re|Fuse today’s relationship between the influential language of fashion and today’s social issues. Full of contrasts and with a strong sense of humanity.

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For further information, images or interview requests, please contact:

Olfa Ben Ali | T +31 614 059 661 | E info@olfabenali.com 
Singel76 | 1016 ac amsterdam | The Netherlands | www.refusemagazine.com