The event is set to be an eye-opening experience where both the men’s and women’s collection are placed together, along with iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection. The exhibit also includes photographs, videos, film clips and musical references, along with artwork from renowned artists from public and private collections that have triggered Van Noten’s imagination through his life and illustrious career.
Initiated into the world of textiles by his parents who were both cloth retailers, Dries Van Noten studied fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he gratuated in 1981.
Back in 1986, while Dries Van Noten was supported by Christine Mathys and Patrick Vangheluwe, he created his own independent brand and showed his first men’s collection in london the same year with the informal group of young avant-garde Belgian designers known as the ‘Antwerp Six’, that included walter Van Beirendonck, Ann demeulemeester, dirk Van Saene, dirk Bikkembergs and Marina ee. dries Van Noten developped his aesthetic vocabulary by combining fashion design ith visual arts from different periods, and by referring to foreign cultures as well as to emories of intimate experiences. dries Van Noten’s collections reflect his fantasies and dreams of exotic places stemming from his imagination, while also drawing upon the ethnic and folk traditions of india, China, Africa and Mexico. These ideas contribute to his choices of refined weaves and fabrics that constitute the printed patterns used in his productions of the 2010 women’s Spring-Summer Collection and the 2014 Spring-Summer Collection. his works are also directly influenced by masterpieces from the field of art history. in effect, the entire 2009 women’s Autumn-winter collection stems from paintings by Francis Bacon, whereas the Men’s Spring-Summer Collection of that same year is based on a single picture by Elizabeth Peyton, Democrats are More Beautiful (2001). dries Van Noten’s creative references can also be subtle and therefore more intimate and suggestive