Corné Gabriëls was graduated in 1996 from Amsterdam’s Rietveld Art Academy, after 4 years of studying technical fashion in The Hague, The Netherlands. His early works were presented in art galleries and made it to the shortlist for the ‘Prix de Rome’ in 1997.
His work evolved from textile ‘comfort’ pieces to clothes, when Gabriëls attended the Fashion Institute Arnhem in 2000. His first collection was presented in Paris, his second’ was selected for ‘Festival des Arts de la Mode Hyères’ in France.
Next to showing his work at Amsterdam Fashion Week and International fashion exhibitions, he also designed film costumes for legendary film icons Jeanne Moreau and Fassbinders muse Hanna Schygulla. Besides many other things, he designed costumes for leading Dutch dance company Introdans and conducted several workshops at Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy.
Corné Gabriëls’ designs stems from classical masculine dress codes and human behavior that often pervade nostalgia or a tongue in cheek like sense of humor. The concepts of wearability, timelessness and minimalism are the founding grounds of Corné’s creative dialogue and results in handcrafted pieces that are unique in character.
His latest design is created with an autobiographical reflection. The metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly equals a significant change in Corné Gabriëls’ own life, meeting his father for the first time. This resulted in a collection of woven and printed butterfly bow ties. Traditionally plain black and worn on formal occasions, in this reinterpretation, the classic accessory is injected with emotion, like most of Corné Gabriëls’ work.