Rietveld Academie graduate Tatiana Quard nominated for the GRA Awards
Former Atelier de Sèvres student Tatiana Quard graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018. Her work on uniforms was rewarded with a nomination for the GRA Awards. We look back on her journey.
Tatiana Quard, a cosmopolitan creative journey
From 2013 to 2014, Tatiana Quard joined Atelier de Sèvres for the Art Foundation year. She then joined HEAR Mulhouse for the first year of the introductory course programme (core curriculum year).
Her goal was to join the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, an art school in Amsterdam. According to Tatiana, "It's a pretty conceptual and international school. The classes are in English, people come from all over the world and it's pretty open-minded."
There she specialised in fashion and studied in Amsterdam for three years. Her internships led her to New York, Paris during Fashion Weeks, and Tokyo. This last trip inspired "Outside in/Inside Out", her graduation collection.
Outside In/Inside Out
Tatiana Quard's graduation collection is inspired by the Japanese worker uniforms called "Tobi Shokunin". For them, the clothes they wear to work are part of their identity.
In so doing, Tatiana has chosen to question the identity of the clothes themselves, reinterpreting the Japanese uniforms to give them a new identity.
The Outside In/Inside Out collection has been chosen by a panel of art professionals for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) Awards, which aims to highlight the work of the most accomplished students, regardless of the discipline (fashion, art, ceramic design, film, etc.).
The works of six nominated students are then exhibited at the Looiersgracht 60 gallery in Amsterdam.
A promising future
Tatiana Quard’s success during her studies hints at a great future career ahead.
The young graduate came to share her experience during a conference at Atelier de Sèvres on the fashion industry, organised by Hélène Lemaire, textile teacher, and Céline Gautron, fashion option teacher.
About graduating, she says, "It's complicated to get back into an official setting. To know if you want to join a company, become a designer and create for someone else, or create your own thing, or leave and discover new things."