Design Brief

In 2017 Vlisco and New Order of Fashion granted  Sander Bos the Vlisco fellowship. The fellowship was the first of its kind.

Bos was commissioned to develop an experimental capsule collection starting with one of Vlisco’s all-time design classics ‘Day and Night’. In collaboration with the Wearable Senses department at the TU/e and with printed electronics specialist Metafas light effects were added to the classic wax print.

About Vlisco

Vlisco has been designing and manufacturing distinctive fabrics loved by African women since 1846. The specially crafted fabrics – Wax Hollandais, Super-Wax and Java – continue to be made with time-honoured methods and materials in Helmond, the Netherlands.

For over 170 years, Vlisco has created more than 350,000 original textile designs. Many of these designs have become cultural treasures, bestowed with special names and meanings by the merchants of Central and West Africa.

New designs are produced each year alongside traditional classics to hearten the new generation of Vlisco enthusiasts. Vlisco’s highly expressive and creative customers transform the fabrics into fashionable looks, which are one of a kind.

Inspired by Africa, made with a technique derived from Indonesian Batik, designed in the Netherlands, Vlisco’s heritage and design signature is a multicultural melting pot of beauty and industrial craftsmanship.

About Sander Bos

Sander Bos graduated from the Master’s department of the Royal academie of fine arts Antwerp. His label focuses on contemporary thinking and innovative design. While facing the future, it explores the mix between streetwear and couture, with a “unapologetic” attitude.

Special Thanks To

Fellowship Partner: 

Fellowship Talent:
Sander Bos

Fellowship Director: 
Grietje Schepers

Barbara Medo