Ralph W Dennis
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Fashion BA 2016
The recent death of a rather extraordinary relative by the name of Charles Swithinbank, a famous glaciologist and arctic explorer in the 50s, got Ralph W Dennis reading his memoirs. This exploration into extreme survival became the main inspiration for his graduation collection. As these young men were stranded on the ice for four years, it was inevitable they would have to assume all kinds of responsibilities such as being the team vet, dentist, cook, surgeon, hairdresser, a pilot and many more. “It’s this idea of a multi-functional person I find so interesting.” Further research took him to the archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England where he examined the actual worn out utility wear from expeditions. Ralph W Dennis also developed his own jacquards depicting Antarctic landscapes.