Couture for Change

Ronald van der Kemp (RVDK) Couture Face masks in Aid of The Refugee Company

RVDK donated 29 unique and exceptional face-masks which will be offered without reserve and the auction revenue will be donated to The Refugee Company. Furthermore, all 29 face masks will be on view at Christie’s Amsterdam and can be viewed by appointment weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm between 17 and 30 September 2020.

  On 28 April 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown, RVDK surprised the world with a beautiful statement of hope. At five to midnight, 29 masked models, safe in their own rooms at the hotel L’Europe in Amsterdam, appeared on their balconies in outer-worldly couture gowns with matching imaginative couture masks, waving white flags as a symbolic plea for sustainability and change. A memorable moment in time, 29 masks, 29 one-of-a-kind statements that will go down in history as the first of its kind.

Each face mask is intricately crafted by the couture atelier of RVDK and will be offered accompanied by an original framed sketch by the designer. 

The proceeds will go to The Refugee Company, which recently opened the first local face mask factory in The Netherlands, run by refugees.

Couture for Change is part of the Amsterdam Fashion Week, opening on 17 September at Christie’s with a dedicated pre-event allowing guests to admire the couture face-masks with a glass of champagne between 4-8pm. Please contact Christie’s Amsterdam to reserve your spot as guest capacity is limited. 

About RVDK

Ronald van der Kemp is an award winning revolutionary fashion designer, who worked internationally for over 25 years as a designer and creative director for high-end international luxury brands such as Bill Blass, Barneys NY, Guy Laroche, Céline, Michael Kors before launching his own brand RVDK in 2014, the world’s first ethical and sustainable couture brand.

About Christie’s  

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

  Fashion designer Ronald van der Kemp and Christie’s will stage an online charity auction open for bidding from 17-30 September on

Copyright: Marijke Aerden

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