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Over the course of her modelling career, Dutch model Namara van Kleeff has walked for Chanel Couture, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Ralph&Russo and more. “Every show is different in its own way, but something that never ceases to amaze me is how much hard work goes into each individual look,” says the 5'11'' model. Namara gets candid with us about her recent catwalks, favorite model moments, and what is next.

Photographed by Edwin S Freyer. Fashion Editor by Alton Hetariki.

How did you get involved in modelling and how long have you been modelling for?

I kept getting scouted by agencies while shopping in Amsterdam. After high school, I became a full-time model and it’s been 6 years since.

Have you learned anything new lately or have any key messages for those models that are just starting out in the industry?

Recently, I started learning how to code.  As a model you spend a lot of time traveling - so what better way to spend those hours than learning a new skill?

Oversize blazer by Filippa K
Gold enamel Erte earring from Motley by Melis Goral. Wool coat by Maje

If you weren’t modelling, what do you think you would be doing instead and why?

It would most definitely be something where I get to create something. I’m someone who

enjoys making things. Whether it’s cooking, baking, drawing or creating websites.

Where is your favourite place in the world that you have modelled so far and where are your currently based?

Paris. It’s the first city I travelled to when I just started modeling. But there is also nothing quite

like coming back home to The Netherlands.

You have walked for Chanel Couture, Dolce&Gabbana, Ralph&Russo and more. Have any of these shows particularly stood out to you?

Every show is different in its own way, but something that never ceases to amaze me is how much hard work goes into each individual look. They put blood sweat and tears into it. Literally.

Sequin polka dot jumpsuit by Ashish
Sequin polka dot dress by Ashish. Patent leather shoes by Dr Martens. Socks by Wolford

Recently, you were part of the Armani Private Haute Couture Spring Summer 2020 Show. Tell us about your experience working with the Armani team.

It’s always great working with the Armani team. There are always tons of people involved. Which is great because it’s likely you’ll get to work with friends. Nothing really beats that!

Can you share your favorite backstage moment over the years?

That would probably be Chanel. At the time I was still new to the whole game. Everything about the experience was exciting. The people, models, hairdressers, the makeup team - it was my first-time being part of such a big production. I loved every second of it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic but comfortable.

Cotton V neck cotton dress with gathered sleeves by Nynne. Patent leather shoes by Dr Martens. Socks by Wolford

What is your “go-to” model off-duty outfit?  

A pair of wide, baggy or oversized jeans with a turtleneck and a jacket or blazer!

More generally, is there a brand or creative in the industry that you really want to work with?

If so, who and why?

Chanel! I have worked for the brand already, but ever since I was a kid I’ve always been

mesmerized by their shows. The brand is just so beautiful and classic.

Can you share any details with us about what are you working on next or where we can

expect to see you next?

If there aren’t any further travel restrictions, couture fashion week would be the next place!

Backless cape sleeve top by Roksanda


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