Dorhout Mees: The Phenomenon, Striking of Lightning

The label Dorhout Mees was founded in 2010 by Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. She graduated from ArtEz Academy of Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands before working as a designer for established labels Bruuns Bazaar and Tommy Hilfiger. In 2010, she decided it was time to start her own label. Dorhout Mees is distinctive for its elegant but wearable style. Her garments are feminine and conceptual. Organic forms contrast structural shapes.

GFGGHer collections always take form in a mixture of rich prints, silk, wool and delicate knits; punctuated by wearable but unconventional materials. The starting point of every collection is the connection between body and material and covering versus uncovering of the female body. Contradictions in structures, silhouettes and textures have become signatures of her collections.


Orhpic S/S ’17 by Dorhout Mees is inspired by phenomenon, striking of lightning. In nature, but also the fascination of what happens when lightning strikes a person, who survives. The movement of light, heat and electricity in such a concentrated vorm through matter. What happens when the heat can change a strong trunk of a tree into darkened cole, electricity can change metals into beautiful oillike oxidated surfaces, and lightning can create these scars on the body that look like frozen electricity into the skin.

Painfully beautiful tableaus and so the main inspiration for this new Dorhout Mees collection. Being about skin tones of different kinds, but with 3D structures that move over the skin heightened like scars.

“The combination of something that is so beautiful to behold and at the same time so dangerous was so interesting to me, the fragility of a material or our own body in that way was for me such an interesting thought.. that it created my whole collection..”

Written by Esther Louise Dorhout Mees


Photo by Esther Louise Dorhout Mees / TOTEM FASHION PARIS

Charlie Wang

Editor-in-Chief at Eliel Magazine

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