Dutch-born Winde Rienstra had one goal at the age of 12, to be a fashion designer. “I just knew I wanted to do something creative,” she says. That dream waned with time, as she tested out other careers, including being an art teacher. It was only until she watched The Lunatics perform at a theatre festival that she realised her true calling was in fashion. “The costumes were interesting, the nature setting, décor with the lighting in the dunes — it was just magical,” she says. Visiting the Middle East for the first time for –Ing Creative Festival, Winde will be hosting two accessory design workshops this year (April 11 and 12, 2:50pm – 5:50pm) while retailing accessories, and exhibiting a selection of handbags and shoes.
The fashion designer’s latest collection is inspired by the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker, Netherlands, for which the Tilburg Textile Museum has helped her develop three designs on their unique machinery. “I’m looking forward to interacting with the talent,” she says about -Ing Creative Festival. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people with different perspectives to inspire me.” As for the future? Winde is working on several collaboration projects, “which I am very excited about.”