Ben Van Beusekom is an avant-garde fashion designer, couturier, and painter.  The first thing observers notice about his art is that it evokes a sense of fantasy.  His fashion finds a bold life by pushing the limits of what conventionally is worn or carried.  With a focus on color and texture, he constructs chic, lavish garments and --uniquely -- gas masks, using only the finest gemstones, beads, Swarovski crystals, sequins, and fabrics.  Each is personally applied, hand-stitched, and intricately sewn with an extreme attention to detail.  

 

Van Beusekom has been commissioned by Bloomingdale’s and The Forbes Company/Taubman Centers for curated exhibitions, and has debuted his couture fashions for L’Oréal on the runway in New York City.  Bombshell is his first solo show of couture gas masks to be on-view September 17 through October 11, 2020 at CityArts in Downtown Orlando.