Nele Berckmans (°1991) is a Brussels based fashion designer who graduated
at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) Ghent. She completed internships
in the studio of Christian Wijnants in Antwerp and at the Niyona leather workshop
in Brussels. In 2014 she won the FFI (Flanders Fashion Institute) award and the
Belmodo loves KASK talent 2014 Award with her graduate collection 'ERUV'.

A bold use of color, rich materials, self made prints and embroideries are the
key features of her work. The love for craftsmanship is tangible in the various
handwork techniques she applies herself.

Her work is often about how we use dress as a tool for placing ourselves in a
community. It depicts women's views on their environment and the place they
have in it.

Pieces from Nele Berckmans' graduate collection have been exhibited in Bozar,
Center for Fine Arts Brussels, as a part of the exhibition 'The Belgians: an un-
expected fashion story'.




EDUCATION

2015 Master of Arts: Fashion (magna cum laude), KASK, School of arts, Ghent
- Master's collection: "˜ERUV", based on women in Jewish-Orthodox communities
- Master's thesis: "Tzniuth: motivations and symbolism in Jewish-Orthodox dress
regulations"



EXPERIENCE

2013 Christian Wijnants, Antwerp: internship

2014 Niyona, Brussels: internship maroquinerie

2015 Guest teacher "Intuition Driven Design" , Antwerp University,
Department Product development

2016-currently Junior stylist: FNG Group, Antwerp.



AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

2014 Flanders Fashion Institute, FFI-award: first place

2014 Belmodo.tv, Belmodo loves KASK talent 2014 Award: first place

2014 Price Horlait-Dapsens: nominee

2014 Belmodo.tv: #MODEinOOSTENDE, exhibition Kursaal Ostend

2014 NVT Galery: Mastouche Zomerbarak, Ghent

2014 Brussels Fashion Days: fashion show MAD

2014 Biennale Interieur Kortrijk, installation by Diane Steverlynck for KASK.

2015 BOZAR: expo The Belgians, an unexpected fashion story