Sunday, 16 February 2014

exhibitons - Dries van Noten

From 1st of March till 31st of August 2014, Les Arts Décoratifs dedicate an exhibiton to the Belgium fashion designer Dries van Noten. For this exhibition, Dries Van Noten brought together elements that reflect his sources of inspiration, like the "Chambers of Wonders" of the Renaissance which is a collection of "memorable" objects. The presentation shows a variety of themes that characterize the creative process of Dries Van Noten since the early 1980s. There are historical and artistic references, ethnic and cinematic, musical or geographical. By identifying influences, fashion, decorative arts and fine arts were combined to build a vocabulary to  analyze the intimate and distinctive approach of the Antwerp creator.

S2014 women
S2014 men
F2013 women
F2013 men

S2013 women
S2013 men
F2012 women
F2012 men

S2012 women
S2012 men
F2011 women
F2011 men

S2011 women
S2011 men
F2010 women
F2010 men

S2010 women
S2010 men
F2009 women
F2009 men

S2009 women
S2009 men
F2008 women
F2008 men

about the designer
Born in Antwerp in 1958, Dries van Noten belongs to the third generation of a family of tailors. As a boy, he went with his father to see the shows and collections in Milan, Düsseldorf and Paris where he learnt all about the commercial and technical side of the profession. However, he soon decided that he was more interested in designing fashions than selling them. In 1976, at the age of 18, he entered the fashion design course of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. While continuing his studies, Van Noten began to work as a freelance designer for commercial collections for a Belgian manufacturer. This practical experience would prove invaluable when he started to produce and retail his own designs. The same year he met Christine Mathys who would be his business partner and tireless champion until her death in 1999.

After graduating, Dries Van Noten continued to freelance before going onto producing his own collection of blazers, shirts and trousers. The line met with almost immediate success on its launch in 1986 selling to prestigious customers like Barneys New York, Pauw in Amsterdam and Whistles in London.
In the same year, he founded his own independent brand, supported by Christine Mathys and Patrick Vangheluwe. He presented his first men's collection in London in 1986 together with other designers Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee, who later formed "The Antwerp Six ", an informal group of young Belgian designers who become synonymous with avant-garde fashion .

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