BARCELONA, Apr 9, 2009 / FW/ — Born in 1982, Maikel Bongaerts grew up in Tegelen, a small town near the German border on the Dutch countryside. As a child, he was strongly influenced by his grandfather, who worked with ceramics, and this stimulated his interest in art.

Maikel Bongaerts on the runway
Maikel Bongaerts on the runway

He graduated from the Arnhem Fashion Institute in 2007, discovering traditional tailoring for himself while looking for ways to combine traditional styles with new techniques and finishes.

In 2008, Bongaerts took part in the first edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion and in the Frans Molenaar Award at the International Fashion Week, held in Amsterdam in July.

Among other awards, he has won the H&M prize for Most Innovative and Global Collection, was selected for Mittelmoda – The Fashion Award 2007, and won the Frans Molenaar Prize at the 2007 Amsterdam International Fashion Week.

[Photo by Biel Sol]


Binnenkadijk 172
1018 ZH Amsterdam
The Netherands
Tel: +31 (0) 642250845

De Klencke 111 ( personeelsflat 2)
1083 HH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Runway show reviews: