Mostly Credited As: Addy Van Den Krommenacker
Birth Name: Addy van den Krommenacker
Date Of Birth: April 08, 1950 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: Netherlands
Birth Place: Uden
Addy van den Krommenacker has always been interested in fashion, and used to draw princesses in ball gowns as a little boy. His first professional steps into the fashion world were at a clothing boutique shop, where he started as a retailer and later became a buyer. His expert fashion advice made a deep impression on many Dutch female celebrities such as Sandra Reemer, Willeke Alberti en Jette van der Meij. For many years, Addy successfully sold clothes by international designers, until he launched his own collection in 2001. From that moment onwards, his career really took off.
From the Oscars to the Song Festival
Addy’s first designs were shown at the Beau Monde Fashion Awards in 2002, and in 2003 he launched his entire haute couture collection. 2004 was an extremely successful year for Addy as Dutch actress, Thekla Reuten, attended the Oscars in one of his creations. That same year, he designed a bridal gown for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s wife, which generated a great deal of international publicity. Many exceptional projects and collections followed. In 2005, Dutch contestant, Glennis Grace, performed at the Eurovision Song festival in an Addy van den Krommenacker gown, and many Dutch celebrities such as Tooske Ragas, Chantal Janzen and Estelle Gullit wore his designs on the red carpet.
Addy’s fame as a designer continued to grow, and eventually crossed international borders. In 2007, he was asked to present his collection at the AltaModa in Rome during Haute Couture fashion week. The collection received excellent reviews from international press, and even won him an award for “best foreign contribution to an event”. His first prêt à porter collection was subsequently launched in Milan, resulting in his designs being shown across Europe: in Kazakhstan, Sarajevo, Montenegro, Belgium and Budapest. The collection was then further showcased on the catwalks in Rome and Sicily, earning him a second fashion award. His collection even appeared on the hit TV show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ which aired in over 130 countries. During that show, top model and host of the show, Tyra Banks, wore a stunning gown designed especially by him.
In the limelight
Women all over the world adore Addy’s designs. Some examples of these women include: Australian top model and pro golfer, Anna Rawson; actress Carly Steel; TV celebrity Wendy van Dijk; and the wife of ‘Lost’ actor, Henry Ian Cusick. Addy also designed a number of wedding gowns for Dutch celebrities such as Louis van Gaal’s wife (the Dutch football coach) and the wives of star football players, Wesley Sneijder and Joris Mathijsen. In 2011 Addy was knighted into the Order of Orange-Nassau as recognition for his stunning work and incredible achievements. That same year his collection was exhibited at the Cannes film festival, and Courtney Love and Lady Victoria Hervey both wore dresses designed by him.
In 2012, Addy adopted a new approach and collaborated with the fashion chain “Steps” to create an affordable collection for a wide audience. That same year, his haute couture collection was shown on the Twin Tower bridge in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and was a resounding success in Perth (Australia) during Fashion week. Shortly after, Addy was bestowed the great honour of being awarded membership to the prestigious Swiss Camera della Moda in Lugano. Here, he showed his collection for a second time. The real pinnacle of his career, however, was being able to design a wedding gown for Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme. Both the veil and gown featured heirloom embroidery lace, which had originally been worn by her mother, Princess Irene, on her wedding day some 50 years ago. This spectacular gown was then perfectly complemented by two elegant Krommenacker outfits, worn by the mother and sister of the bride on that special day.
He was invited to show his collection at Indonesia Fashion Week in Jakarta, directly after the show he took off to LA for the Oscars. This appeared to be very successful: his dresses were worn at different red carpets. People like Carly Steel, actress Sofia Milos ( CSI Miami) and singer Mayra Veronica wore a dress from Addy. 3 times Golden Globe winner Mary Lou Henner also wore a dress.
During the inauguration of King Willem Alexander at 30 April 2013 royal members like princes Irene, princes Aimee and princes Magarita chose to wear a creation from Addy. Also the wife of mayor of Amsterdam Femke van der Laan wore two of his dresses.