1967-1972 / Drawing Academy, Tilburg
1972-1976 / Fashion Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam1976-1980 / Assistant Costume Designer RO-Theatre, Rotterdam
1979-1989 / Teacher Fashion Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
1999-present / Teacher Costume Design, Academy of Art/Theatre School, Maastricht
Since 1980 independent costume designer for large and small subsidized groups in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany with leading Dutch directors.
Designed costumes for more than 150 theatre-, ballet - and opera performances
2005 a solo exhibition about his work in The Rijksmuseum Twenthe - ABP building Heerlen
2005 publication: Kostuum Rien Bekkers
2005 knighted by the Dutch Queen
2006 an exhibition in the Theatre Instituut Netherlands, Amsterdam.
2007 Honorable designer from the Netherlands at the Quadrienale, Praha.
In 2009 exhibition of Shakespeare miniature costumes at the Lockmuseum, during the Stage Design Meeting, Seoul, South Korea.
2013 exhibit of Bark Cloth project Amsterdams Historical Museum Golden Age exhibition
2013 exhibition " Dutch Shakespeare Dreams " Shakespeare miniature costumes in State Theatrical A.A. Bakhrushin Museum Moscow.
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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - AABSCTM - June-August 2015
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