Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize 2012

photo by ruud van der peijl

photo by ruud van der peijl



The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds has awarded trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize 2012. This oeuvre prize is awarded annually to a celebrity in the cultural field. The prize comprises 75,000 Euros and a Designated Cultural Fund to the value of 75,000 Euros. The presentation will take place on 26 November.


The Cultuurfonds has awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize 2012 to Lidewij Edelkoort because as a trend forecaster she is an authority in the world of fashion and design. She is able to identify trends in an early phase and her vision on the future is therefore of immense importance in the ‘design of our daily lives’. With her talent of combining different disciplines, she has emerged over the years as a cultural philosopher who partly determines the debate on future design. She enjoys international recognition and is a source of inspiration to creative people in general. The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds is of the opinion that she has not yet received the recognition she deserves in the Netherlands and unreservedly honours her with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize.


Lidewij Edelkoort


Lidewij Edelkoort, born in Wageningen in 1950, began her career as a fashion coordinator and stylist at de Bijenkorf department stores, having studied fashion design at the art academy in Arnhem. At de Bijenkorf she discovered her talent of sensing and translating upcoming trends. In 1975 Edelkoort went to Paris to work as a trend consultant. There she later established Trend Union, an international forecasting and advice bureau on colour and lifestyle themes. Her client base includes large companies from the fashion world, the textile industry and the beauty branch, but also, for example, car manufacturers and government bodies.

From 1999 to 2008 Edelkoort was chair of the board of governors of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, enabling her to immerse herself further in the design world. During this period she developed into a design expert and curated exhibitions, with various international shows to her name. Currently she works from her own think tank Studio Edelkoort, also lectures worldwide and has published several trend books on style and design.

Today she and her team run the social media platform Internationally Edelkoort’s work has won several prizes. In 2008 she received the French Ministry of Culture’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. When she left the Design Academy she was made a Companion of the Order of Orange-Nassau.


The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize


The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize is awarded to individuals and organizations that have made an exceptional contribution in the field of music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, history, literature, the conservation of monuments and historic buildings, cultural education or nature conservation. Previous winners were the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (2010) and Anton Corbijn (2011). The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize money is 75,000 Euros. The winner also receives a Designated Cultural Fund with a starting capital of 75,000 Euros and can choose the name and objective of the fund. The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize will be presented on 26 November 2012 in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (Concert Hall of the 21st Century) in Amsterdam.


About the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds


The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds stimulates culture and nature conservation in the Netherlands on both a large and small scale. The fund encourages exceptional initiative, enthusiasm and talent by providing financial support, commissions, prizes and bursaries. Every year the fund is able to support more than 3,500 projects and individuals by actively raising funds and with income from lotteries. The Cultuurfonds is an active intermediary in patronage and manages more than 280 Designated Cultural Funds for individuals, foundations and companies that are kindly disposed towards culture.