Peter    George    d’Angelino    Tap    Body    & Soul    d’Angelino    Tap’s    career    spans    a period   of   twenty   five   years.   In   these years   he   has   surpassed   the   boundaries usually   known   to   fashion   designers.   His designs   found   their   way   to   the   world   of theater,   opera   and   ballet.   His   source   of inspiration   is   the   arts   -   be   it   poetry, music     or     the     figurative     arts.     His inquisitive   mind   gave   him   an   edge:   he successfully   integrated   these   disciplines into    his    designs    and    vice    versa.    His career   started   in   Paris   where   he   worked for    Bruno    Gainville    and    for    the    then upcoming    label    Kitty    Cendress.    After returning   to   The   Netherlands   d’Angelino Tap   designed   scarves   and   handbags   for the     famous     Dutch     designer     Frank Govers    and    started    his    own    fashion label   PGXXX.   d’Angelino   Tap   not   only created        countless        ladies’        and gentlemen’s   couture   and   ready   to   wear collections      that      were      shown      on international   catwalks   in   Paris,   Antwerp, Dusseldorf   and   Berlin.   He   was   also   able to   simultaneously   design   costumes   for commercials,    opera    and    theater-    and ballet   productions.   His   affection   for   the arts    in    general,    made    it    possible    to participate      actively      in      numerous projects    and    exhibitions    in    museums like   the   KunstHal   in   Rotterdam   and   the   Gemeente   Museum   in   The   Hague.   This   ability   to shift    between    the    different    art    disciplines    has    everything    to    do    with    his    design philosophy.   His   starting   point   is   the   basic   ‘straight   piece   of   cloth’   which   he   approaches multi-dimensionally.   It   looks   like   an   origami   technique:   simply   by   folding   and   cutting   the fabric   d’Angelino   Tap   is   able   to   create   new   form   solutions.   By   doing   so   the   material   is barely   compromised   and   remnants   are   left   to   a   minimum.   Most   of   d’Angelino   Tap’s designs   are   derived   from   his   fascination   for   the   sheer   endless   possibilities   offered   by   non western   patterns,   which   he   is   able   to   transport   into   a   western   cut.   His   aim   is   to   create his   own   ‘design   language’.   His   work   tries   to   escape   trend   and   time.   He   only   shows collections   that   display   renewal   in   itself:   an   essential   contribution   to   fashion.   With   this philosophy   in   mind:   “I   am   trying   to   create   something   timeless”.   d’   Angelino   Tap’s   work shows   not   only   thought   but   also   pure   craftsmanship.   His   designs   stand   out   for   their unique   use   of   intricate   patterns   and   elaborate   employment   of   fabric.   His   aspiration   is   to design   clothes   that   have   a   feeling   of   limitlessness.   The   owners   should   feel   themselves ‘rich   and   secure’   in   his   designs.   His   main   objective   in   his   couture   collection   is   that   his creations   ‘embrace   &   reveal.   ‘To   embrace’   since   the   creation   was   specifically   made   for the   owner   and   ‘to   reveal’   because   it   shows   something   specific   about   the   owner.   This   has nothing   to   do   with   nudity,   but   everything   with   what   is   inherent   to   the   wearer:   body   & soul fused together. clemente brakel
the artist