Exit by Marte Mei van Haaster

The Dutch model kicks off her Dazed Digital takeover with a diary of her trip to Serbia's Exit Festival

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Dutch model Marte Mei van Haaster takes charge of Dazed Digital's guest editorship this week, following in the footsteps of musician Antony Hegarty, artist Gavin Turk and fashion designers Meadham Kirchhoff.

A catwalk regular, van Haaster has appeared on runways for the likes of Versace, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Céline, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf and Chanel, whose Versailles presentation of Cruise 2013 she documented for Dazed Digital. The model has appeared in several Dazed & Confused editorials this year: February's 'Mental States', a cyber cowboy colour workout by styled by Katie Shillingford and shot by Pierre Debusschere, and May issue's 'Paris', channelling a Degas muse in Pigalle, also by Shillingford with photographer Jim Goldberg.

A keen photographer, like her friend (and fellow model) Laura Kampman, Marte begins her takeover residency by showcasing her summer pictures taken at Serbia's Exit Festival, held in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, and around Budapest. Van Haaster elaborates...

"After a year filled with work and no sleep, it was time for a week of no sleep and dancing. Myself and four of my closest friends took a flight to Budapest from Amsterdam, and a train from Budapest to Novi Sad, where Exit Festival was. We actually hired a car to drive to the festival, but we only found out we were unable to drive it across borders after we arrived at Budapest!

We arrived at the camping area way too late and put up our tents in pitch dark. It was still very warm, so after the tents we went for a midnight swim in the river.

The festival days following were great. It was very hot during the day, so we spent most days on the beach and the the music would be from sunset to sunrise. The location was incredible, it was a fort on a small island. A lot of empty moats, steep hills and small tunnels. 

The most beautiful moment was probably the last night, when we were not supposed to sleep because our train to Budapest left early the next morning. And we were at a concert at 07:00 in the morning in the full sun, sitting on the grass, so unreal. 

Budapest was amazing, we were only there for three nights but enjoyed every second of it. It's a very cool city with a lot of young restaurants and clubs. It feels like there is a lot of space for new inventive ideas, like a perfect combination of Berlin, Barcelona and Paris."


Photography Marte Mei van Haaster 

Read more from our Summer Takeover HERE

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