My name is Karin Vlug, I am a fashion designer and researcher. My dream is a new fashion production system that does not require sewing. Enabling local, on-demand and made-to-measure production. My inspiration comes from industries outside of the fashion industry, collaborating with partners from other industries and knowledge institutes form the core of my practice, without them it would not be possible. My aim is to contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry trough material research and by redesigning the production and construction process of a garment.

My collections are modular, the consumer is essential in the production process of a garment. After purchase they construct and adapt the garment using very simple DIY methods which do not require sewing. In 2014 I founded my research project “Smart Fashion Production” which is focussed on the producers. Together with my partners I research and develop digital garment manufacturing systems for producers beyond traditional methods, such as pattern making and sewing.




‘16 – ‘17 Master of Arts Crossover Creativity, HKU, Utrecht, The Netherlands
‘10 – ‘14 Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design, ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands

05.’18 – current Co-founder of UNSEAM
06.’14 – current
 Creative Director at Karin Vlug
04.’16 – current Teaching my own developed workshops at the HKU, KW1C, Artemis, Artez (the Netherlands) and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (Shanghai).
05.’10 – 01.’19 Design and production assistant Alexander van Slobbe & Hacked by van Slobbe van Benthem

07.’17 Nominee HKU Awards 2017
10.’16  Nominee Global Denim Awards 2016
06.’14  First Prize Winner of the Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014
04.’15  Nominee Ontwerp Innovatie Prijs Gelderland
09.’14  Arnhemse Nieuwe, the eight most promising graduates from ArtEZ 2014 by Ontwerp Platform Arnhem

Exhibitions / shows (selection)
07.’18 State of Fashion, Arnhem
 Droog, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’17 Klokgebouw & ABN Hotspot, DDW, Eindhoven and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
03.’17 Future of Fashion, Fashionclash, Chengdu, China
07.’17 Modefabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’16 Match Up, Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo, Japan
10.’16 Global Denim Awards 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10.’16 In No Particular Order, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
09.’16 Fashion show, House of Orange, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
01.’16 Future Generations, Amsterdam Fashion Week 2016, The Netherlands
10.’15 Its Your World, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
06.’15 Fashion show, Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2015
05.’15 OSFA, Mode en de Zee, Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen
10.’14 Modebelofte, DDW, Eindhoven
06.’14 Fashion show, Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Lectures (selection)
04.’19 Pakhuis de Zwijger DDPM x Future Fashion
10.’18 Bozar, Brussel
Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai, China
09.’17 Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
09.’17 Nacht van Kunst en Kennis, Leiden, The Netherlands
06.’16  Click/nl next fashion, Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, The Netherlands
04.’16  Dutch Design Daily, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
02.’16 Embracing Fashion and Technology, Institute Neerlandais, Paris, France
01.’16  Future Generations, AFW 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11.’15 Research Center for Textile Technology, Canet de Mar, Spain
10.’15  Dutch House of Representatives, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
10.’15  Design Research & Innovation Festival, DDW, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
10.’15  Tijdelijk Modemuseum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Here you can see a video of one of my lectures given at the State of Fashion exhibition X OPA. This presentation is in Dutch.