Designer Jan Taminiau (right)
Designer Jan Taminiau (right)

PARIS, Feb 2, 2009 / FW/ — To reach a wider audience this season, Jan Taminiau designing under the label JANTAMINIAU (his name written as one word), unveiled his Spring / Summer 2009 haute couture collection online last Monday, January 26, 2009 at

Entitled ‘Check, Check Mate’, Jantaminiau’s fourth couture collection consists of 6 silhouettes inspired by Dutch folklore and garnished with details of the armor of a post-apocalyptic warrior with a red, white and blue checkered fabric as the basis of the collection.

An antique hand woven Chinese fabric, the checkered material was fringed with Swarovski crystals and decorated with traditional embroidery. Using grommets as another detail, Jan Taminiau influenced the movement of the fabric thus creating new shapes through movement. The collars and head-dresses are inspired by the ‘col fraise’ and translated into modern folded shapes.

The JANTAMINIAU Spring / Summer 2009 Couture collection is nostalgic and romantic, as well as vigorous and dynamic. The mix of cultures that is particular to the Dutch identity is Jan Taminiau’s main source of inspiration.

Born in 1975 at The Netherlands, Jan Taminiau studied at the Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem where he graduated in 2001. He earned his Masters degree at the Fashion Institute of Arnhem in 2003.

After graduation, he launched his eponymous label JANTAMINIAU in 2003 and held his first show in Paris in 2005 – the “Empire Collection” was then presented at the Fondation Cartier.

In July 2008, JANTAMINIAU presented his Couture collection «Passe-Partout» and created with the same inspiration his first ready-to-wear collection presented in October.

Photos courtesy of JANTAMINIAU

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