biography

The work of Michael Barnaart connects ‘high’ and popular culture. With comfortable tricot dresses, the fashion designer places his work on the cutting edge of industrial design, graphic design and art. It is no coincidence that the creations produced in the Netherlands are worn both on the streets and exhibited in various museums.

The Dutch designer, who’s full name is Michael Barnaart van Bergen, presented in 2008 his first couture collection during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. In 2009 he launched his first ready-to-wear collection and since then he has concentrated on tricot. Several collection items have now been exhibited in international museums, such as the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Kunsthal Rotterdam, fashion museum Hasselt and Barbican in London. The designer’s work is characterized by accessibility, clear design and unique graphic designs. The collections are produced in a limited edition in the Netherlands in a limited edition.