A self-taught artist, but a certified designer: this is how Herna van Dronkelaar describes herself. “I was always into designing clothes and was able to turn my hobby into my work.” It is a craft, requiring a high level of insight and unbridled passion for the trade. “Bridal dresses have always been my core business, but lately I’m gravitating more and more towards formal dresses as well, seeing how I can put even more of myself in them,” she explains. “The fabrics can be anything, but I can get really excited by high quality wool or smooth silk. The latter is not easy to work with, but if you can, it’s pure joy.”