A Conversation with Mirte van Wijngaarden

Freelance Fashion Designer with an innovative vision of fashion

Mirte’s work is instantly recognizable through her use of existing fashion elements which she changes into new ground-breaking designs. She loves to combine different textures and materials in ways that create unique volumes and shapes. The result: an innovative vision of fashion.


How long have you been a fashion designer and what brands have you worked with?

I have been a freelance fashion designer for 5 years now working with such brands as ILNI, Cedric Jacquemyn, 2UNMLITED, Dotan music, Armin van Buuren, Naturalis, Femmes Des Sud.


What is the biggest challenge in your line of work?

The biggest challenge is to continuously find ways to spark inspiration. This is essential if you want to stay innovative in design. In addition, you must allow yourself to continue to reflect on yourself and your designs.


In this type of work deadlines are important. How do you cope with deadline pressure?

Fortunately, I work best with deadlines. I like them because they force you to move quickly and make choices. Perhaps it is part of the adrenaline that kicks in, but for me working with a deadline is best.


What qualities do you think one needs to have in order to work in the fashion design world?

To work in fashion you obviously have to be creative. On top of that you must be open to everything around you. Fashion design can be very diverse, one week you are designing a bag, then a range of clothing the next week and a collection book for a brand the following week. Therefore to work in design you must be able to keep being inspired and pushing yourself each time.



What is the strangest or most fun thing that you have ever encountered in your work?

Hmm, I need to think on this for a minute… I was asked recently if I wanted to make a hand puppet for the COMICCON. I had no idea if I could do this kind of design or not, but I was interested to challenge myself with something new and I succeeded. This was quite a challenge!


How important is social media to you and why?

Social media is very important. In this industry you need to have great accessibility. It also creates a platform to share your work in new directions. For example through the use of hashtags on Instagram, your work can be found by a wide range of new people. I think that the creative world can no longer do without social media. It has become an important part of the entire process of inspiring and being inspired.


Where do you see yourself in five years from now? 

I hope that, as a freelance designer, I have managed to put myself on the map.


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What are your plans for the weekend?

On Friday evening I usually go out to dinner with friends and on Sunday I like to be with my family.


You can visit Mirte on her

Website: www.mirtevanwijngaarden.com or on Instagram