Last weekend Dutch fashion designer Dick Holthaus (Hengelo, november 17, 1928) passed away in his hometown of Marbella. He was the first Dutch designer and industrial designer who also designs menswear, like Pierre Cardin (92) did.

In 1951 he opened his own hat salon in Amsterdam. it became an instant success. With 25 millinery hat makers at work, he sold his creations in Rome, Milan, Paris and America.

In 1955 the first Holthaus creations (dresses) came on the market. He designed ladies fashion for teenagers called ‘Dick Holthaus Jeunesse ‘, and twenties and older, called ‘Twenty Seven’. He designed not only fashion but also items such as shoes, bags, glasses and even furniture. His style was classic, simple and sporty. Holthaus dressed many famous Dutch artists and the television world. He worked with a huge staff and world-famous fashion models.

From 1966 he devoted himself to fashionable ready-made clothing for men. He became well known with trendy fashion for young men. Holthaus worked for some time in Milan (he learned his trade here) and Amsterdam with Max Heymans (1918-1997). He was known for his safari suits.

In 1975 he expanded with workwear. The flight attendants Martinair for instance, wore clothing that was designed by him. He became one of the most famous Dutch


“I have never met a woman who wants to look like her own age.” (Dick Holthaus)

Hat design Dick Holthaus, 1955

Fashion illustration by Linda Zoon


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