CORNÉ GABRIËLS

Designer and artist Corné Gabriëls resides and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After graduating from the Rietveld Art Academy in 1996, his work has been showcased in various art exhibitions. His work developed from textile installations and objects to wearable pieces. In 2000 Gabriëls attended Fashion Institute Arnhem to concentrate on clothing variations of his artistic ideas. With a debut show in Paris and many presentations in art and design, his work gained attention from national and international press.

His work was nominated for art prize 'Nouvelles Images' and the prestigious 'Prix de Rome' along with several other prizes and contests, like 'Robijn Fashion Award' and 'Festival des Arts de la Mode Hyères'.

For seven years Gabriëls teached conceptual design at the textile and fashion department from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He also conducted workshops at Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and Florence, Italy.

Photo: Sander de Clercq

The butterfly bowtie started flying at the Dutch Fashion Awards 2012. A very special moment, because Corné just met his father for the first time. This bowtie was especially designed for this occasion, as most of his work is autobiographical. When Angelique Westerhof, founder and director of The Dutch Fashion Foundation, asked him for a design which would be worn by hundred waiters, who served the food during the fashion shows, Corné was immediately convinced that this was the perfect setting for the butterfly bowtie to be released. 

In a poetic performance in-between the shows of the nominees, directed by choreographer Martin Butler, all waiters/models were wearing this bowtie. It was a perfect match for such a personal design, which came to life at that special evening in a church in The Hague.

This marked the start to focus on neckwear, because accessories were always present in his work. The more autonomous and free character of these items are perfect to represent Gabriëls' ideas and still keep it wearable.

Photo: Najim el Ouahabi