‘Good taste’

  • Josephine Goverts / fashion design / arnhem

‘My collection grew out of my fascination with “good taste”, because who decides whether something is “tasteful”, and isn’t the study of unattractiveness more interesting? I drew my inspiration from the Carlton cabinet by Ettore Sottsass and the film Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. During the postmodern era, both of these works were a response to the “good taste” of modernism.

The idea behind the Carlton cabinet is that it does not serve the book but rather itself. Its practical nature takes second place to feeling or expression, pushing the boundary between sculpture and design.


I tried to reflect this concept by creating compositions out of leather and fabric. By using materials that seem hard at a distance but, at close range, turn out to consist of a bunch of loosely-hanging threads, the feminine side of the collection is emphasised.’


Photo 1: Peter Stigter
From photo 2: items from the Toile de Luxe-collection, photo: Quintin Chamard-Bois