Mart Visser (1968) is one of Holland’s most famous couturiers. He has built an impressive oeuvre and managed to reinvent Dutch haute couture, giving it a striking new look. After completing his studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences/ Charles Montaigne Fashion Academy (now the Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and the Saga International Design Centre in Copenhagen, he apprenticed with notable designers such as Anne Klein, Koos van den Akker and Frans Molenaar.
Mart Visser fashions his signature look with materials of the highest conceivable quality. He creates pieces that are supremely comfortable to wear, combining traditional craftsmanship, with masterful choice of materials, perfect fit and professional manufacture. His designs are made up by a dedicated team of 35 seamstresses using traditional methods, with great attention to detail.
He presented his first haute-couture collection in 1992. Since then, every six months, he has presented a new collection to a select audience at an exclusive event. In 2003 he started producing both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. He has also been designing corporate clothing since the early 1990s. This has resulted in a considerable number of successful projects, including clothing collections for KLM and KLM Cityhopper, Holland Casino, the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam and the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel. In addition to clothing, he also designs footwear, bags, eyewear, crockery and bed linen.
In 2003 and 2004 a retrospective exhibition of his work, Mart Visser Haute Couture, was held at the Municipal Museum in The Hague. His book, Mart Visser 1992-2012, which provides a unique behind-the-scenes look, was published in August 2012.
nijntje voor kinderen door kinderen‘My work is often inspired by my favourite colour, blue, which features prominently in my collections. My Miffy statue is decorated with a blue pattern created with children’s names. The names were written by local school children. So my Miffy statue is nijntje voor kinderen door kinderen [Miffy for children by children].’