I am Annicke Shireen, Fashion- and Costume designer, and I have started doing this work out of pure passion for handmade clothing. I have always had an affinity with dress in folklore, avant-garde and (dark) fairytales. Furthermore I am very passionate about colours and details, as well as fabric and other high-quality materials. I love to use my knowledge of the tailor’s craft to realise the perfect custom made product, and I work as a freelance designer and tailor for consumers as well as some companies. (Knip Mode magazine and Games ‘n Stuff for example).
One of the absolute highlights of my career has been winning the dutch television program “Door het oog van de Naald” in 2015, together with corsetiere Marloes Dadswell. “Door het oog van de naald” was a contest between ten tailors duo’s making clothing as good as possible within a limited timeframe. It was judged by Couture Specialist Nelleke Rimmelzwaan and renowned Stylist Maik de Boer. Marloes and I were the winning team, earning a masterclass with the popular dutch couturier Addy van den Krommenacker, among other things.
I graduated as a fashion designer at the Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) in August 2011 and founded Folktailor in September 2011. In November 2011 I won the Rabobank Startop competition, a buisiness programm and competition for starting creative entrepeneurs. Since then, I started my business and have kept myself quite busy with custom commissions, creative projects and a ready-to-wear collection called Folktailor, which I enthusiastically sold on Castlefest, Keltfest and Fantasiafest. Since January 2013, I have been focusing mainly on custom projects because I find this the most inspiring.
The essence of my work is designing and crafting for special occasions such as bridal wear and high quality (theatrical) costumes, but i also design custom fabric as well as confection and I make tutorial’s and creative DIY’s. I love designing items and complete outfits especially to the customer’s wishes and fitted to their measurements most. The style of the designs that I adopt is a mix of different cultures and modern and/or historical influences. I never use standard patterns – I make my own. They are all designed and drawn in my workshop. Last but not least, I prefer to work with sustainable materials, whenever possible.
If you’d like to have something made especially for you, it is possible to place a custom order. Custom commissions will take some time to produce, but these items are 100% handmade and therefore completely original. Each outfit is unique; it will be designed according to your wishes. If you have a commission for me, please send an email (-annickeshireen (at) gmail (dot) com) or contact me via Facebook (-folktailor) or LinkedIn (-Annicke Shireen).