ABOUT
DINIE VAN DEN HEUVEL

If you’ve landed on my page then it’s likely you’re looking for something. And I’m hoping I can help you find what that something is.

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Well then you deserve to know a bit more about me: I’m Dinie

A FASHION COACH ON A MISSION TO EMPOWER, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE REAL LEARNERS JUST LIKE YOU TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL YOU DESIRE

  • For over 10 years I’ve researched sustainable design paths for our customers at Unicform. What sustainability in clothing meant for them was highly personal, but we designed a workwear line for each of our customers. Aligning design, sustainability and economic reality was our main challenge.
  • In all my projects, I have a soft spot for organic fabrics, vegan alternative materials and the like but most of all we love cool clothing you see and want to wear.
  • Specialties: sustainability, translating ideas, brand identities and concepts into clothing and collections.
  • I help designers and fashion professionals navigate sustainability to boost their careers, brands and make a real positive impact on our industry

SEW WHAT

My manuscript “Sew What, Sustainable Fashion Design principles for the next decade" is in its final stage of completion. A book is full of my experience mixed with concrete advice on how to navigate sustainability demands in the rapidly changing fashion industry. Do you want to be the first to get your hands on a copy when it launches?

Dinie's Professional Backgroung And Education

Publications and research

  • Prière de toucher, Der Tastsinn der Kunst. pp 70-80 “What you think you feel when wearing clothes. Sensory experiences in a high tech fashion era.” Museum Tinguely publication.

  • Fashion Theory, Volume 18, Issue 4. pp 385-396 “Hidden treasures, Garments Used for Smuggling and for the Concealment of Valuables 1900 – 1960”. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Moulage and Drapage, Teaching manual, 76 pg, 2014, Ivoc/Irec publishing Belgium

  • Historical pattern research ‘Hidden Treasures’. Scope is clothes, used for smuggling, 1900-1950, from fashion and customs museums in Europe. 2009 – 2014. Results used to set up two exhibitions and a publication.

Previous Positions

  • 2005 – 2019    D’andt – CEO ebvba d’andt (founded in 2005)

Company specialized in the making of patterns through moulage and draping, 4 people staff. Development of several collections (showpieces, small productions) for different international fashion designers.

  • 2009 – 2016 Unicform – CEO ebvba Unicform (founded in 2009)

Company specialized in designing, developing and making sustainable corporate wear

Current positions

  • Since 2014     Head designer and main creative lead for Infantium Victoria, a baby and children garment brand, using only ecological / GOTS certified materials, and producing primarily in Europe.  PETA Vegan Fashion Award for Best Design Piece Kids 2018 
  • Since 2008     Guest lecturer at HEAD Geneva, follow up of collection development BA3. Input on sustainability and the relation body – garment.
  • Since 2022     Member of Advisory Board of ESEDS School of Design, Kolkata, India.

Teaching BA Courses and workshops

  • Fashion and Sustainability, concept development, fashion theory, patternmaking.
  • University Linz, Austria.
  • La Cambre Mode(s) Brussels, Belgium.
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Institut Mode-Design. Basel, Switserland
  • Design Department Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • AMD Akademie Mode & Design GmbH,Berlin, Germany.
  • Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
  • Üniverstät für angewandte Kunst, Wien, Austria.

Certificates and diploma

  • Master in Philosophy, specialized in Contemporary Art Philosophy, University Antwerp Thesis: “Art after Adorno” 2003 – 2005
  • Diploma AILO, Academic Teachers Education, University Antwerp, 2004

Other Work experience

  • Moulage and Draping education, and assistant of Hieron Pessers, 2002-2003 (2 years)
  • Guide in ModeMuseum Antwerpen 2002 – 2005 (8 expositions)
  • Educational assistant ModeMuseum Antwerpen 2003 – 2005 (6 expositions)
  • Assistant, Jurgi Persoons, Antwerp Fashion designer. 1999-2001 (5 seasons)

DINIE in MEDIA

Dinie’s Interview to Radio Televisionne Suisse (Switzerland)

Dinie’s Interview to Radio Televisionne Suisse (Switzerland)

Dinie visits one of Infantium Victoria’s supplier Suvastra India

Dinie as a spokesperson for Weganool reports on ABC

Ready to take action?

So if you think we might get along and you possibly want to take that next step, you can schedule a no cost, no obligation appointment with me. If you decide you’d like to proceed from there, we will then get started right away

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