THE WORLD OF
TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Jan Taminiau (1975, Goirle) is one of the most exclusive and successful Dutch couturiers, with an atelier in Bammbrugge, Netherlands, just outside of Amsterdam, and another one in Madrid, Spain.
Jan graduated Cum Laude from the prestigious fashion design program at ArtEZ in Arnhem NL. His creativity earned him apprenticeships and positions at Olivier Theyskens, Oscar Suleyman, master corsetier Hubert Barrere and renowned lace maker Hurel. In 2001 Taminiau presented Unfolding, his master’s project, during Paris Fashion Week which earned him a window exhibition at Colette in Paris. His namesake brand, JANTAMINIAU, was launched soon after in 2004. In 2014, Jan Taminiau received the ‘Grand Seigneur’, the most prestigious fashion award in the Netherlands.
In 2018, the Centraal Museum Utrecht presented a major solo exhibition of Taminiau’s work, which resulted in the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history. In 2004 Jan Taminiau launched his own independent label JANTAMINIAU. From 2007 to 2010 JANTAMINIAU was presented in Paris during Haute Couture week. It was during this time that The Netherlands Queen Maxima wore JANTAMINIAU for the first time and she has remained a supporter and client ever since.
Along with her, many other women have chosen JANTAMINIAU Couture to turn into unforgettable moments, those to be remembered and whose memory will always remain reflected in that special piece. JANTAMINIAU Couture explores the nature of the woman and figures her as a blank canvas. Building silhouettes, volumes and shapes that extend beyond the limits of creativity, Jan paints freely around women’s silhouette. This craft process celebrates his artisanal sense founded on meticulousness and care of every detail to achieve the dream.
SPECIAL PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
Masterly The Hague
In 2021, Jan Taminiau participated at the art and design biennial Masterly The Hague with a presentation on the theme of nature. The focus was on the Robotic Nature Tree series, colourful hand-painted and embroidered capes and skirts and monumental wall works.
Dutch design and old masters met in monumental buildings in the city center of The Hague. An initiative of curator Nicole Uniquole, in collaboration with art dealer Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder. The art direction and styling was in the hands of Maarten Spruyt.
Reflections Exhibition Centraal Museum
Reflections exhibition took place at Centraal Museum in 2018. A great success with more that 100.00 visitors that drove the viewer on a journey into Jan Taminiau’s way of seeing, creating and tells the story behind his dresses. In this exhibition he reflected on his design process and the source of his creations.
Jan Taminiau has created the costumes for Ritratto, the opera by Willem Jeths, first Dutch Componist des Vaderlands at the Dutch National Opera.
Ritratto is about Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881), a surrealist version of the Medusa, eccentric and a pioneer. The young orphaned and married, excessively wealthy Italian Marquesa Casati strove to be seen throughout her life. She was famous for the exuberant parties she organized. She allowed herself to be portrayed or photographed by numerous artists. With her black-rimmed eyes, her flaming red hair and eccentric behavior she tried to gain a place in the art world
JANTAMINIAU x KLM
Jan Taminiau designed the comfort bags for KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s World Business Class. From 2016, passengers in KLM World Business Class will be given these luxury comfort bags as an exclusive present aboard intercontinental flights.
Jan Taminiau and PAN Amsterdam joined forces for the 2019 edition of the fair. Jan Taminiau organised an exhibition that focuses on his work and world of experience by seeking a dialogue with the art of the fair.
JANTAMINIAU Shanghai Pop Up
JANTAMINIAU’s first store in Asia opened its doors to the public in 2020. A living space in the heart of Shanghai that showcased Jan Taminiau’s creative and artistic language. The store invited to discover the brand’s heritage, artistic soul and creative freedom. JANTAMINIAU Shanghai store displayed some of the most iconic couture gowns from the past 17 years, as well as an exclusive new range of limited edition garments and accessories.
JANTAMINIAU x Waldorf Astoria
In 2014, Jan Taminiau designed the outfits for the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam team, adding a touch of luxury and sophistication to the hotel. Inspired by the archive maps of the city of Amsterdam, Jan developed a print on silk that blends the unique heritage of the city with the historical character of the hotel.