"A mixture of Johan Galliano and Martin Marginal archival pieces, styled by Alexis Roche, highlighting the masculinity and strength of the model against couture.I shot the story in my apartment in Paris and consider it my Paris Finale shoot…I moved to London a few days later.
It really feels like the absolute culmination of inspirations and influences I experienced in my time living in Paris…"
The exhibition dedicated to Dries Van Noten presented at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014 has just moved to MoMu, the fashion museum located in the designer's birthplace, Antwerp.
It is the first time in his whole career that Van Noten exhibits his oeuvre, instead of a classic retrospective, the visitors walks through an intimate journey into the designer's creative world, an impressive visual insight into his inspirations for most of his collections.
Through various themes the exhibition brings together a large number of artistic fields through an assemblage of historical, ethnic, cinematic and geographic references. All these elements are illustrated with a selection of modern and classic art, a number of valuable pieces from the Fashion and Textiles collection of Les Arts Décoratifs museum and film fragments that have inspired the designer throughout his career.
The exhibition includes works by artists Yves Klein, Thierry De Cordier, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Cecily Brown, Pol Bury, Christopher Wool, Hubert Duprat, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and James Tissot.
The artworks featured in the exhibition are presented alongside an overview of the most significant pieces of Dries Van Noten's oeuvre.
Today Dries Van Noten is praised as one of the biggest names representing Belgian fashion. He has been showing his collections at the Paris Fashion Week since the early1990's. His shows and collections are some of the most talked about and acclaimed by the international fashion professionals.
Exhibition initiated and realized by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (01/03-02/11/14); organized in Antwerp by MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp
SWEN is a London-based menswear label founded in 2014. The brand is the result of the meeting between Swann Amdeo & Steven Jacques, two young French designers who met in Paris before moving to London. Swann graduated in Fashion Design from Parisian school LISAA - L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués – in 2012. Steven started studying Fashion Management at Mod’Art International and graduated in 2014 from LCF – London College of Fashion.
Swann places the emotion at the center of his work where contradictory elements meet and give birth to lines combining volume, suppleness and graphic richness. From Steven exudes an eclectic universe nourished by his love of urban scenes and multicultural popular silhouettes.
"The AW15 collection expresses the evolution of a man in a group. Friend, brother or lover, he gives and learns from the other, from them. They all support each other, complete each other and sometimes clash. Protecting itself is essential because their links are fragile. Finally, one gives up, let go and open up to the other. They become stronger.
A singular energy emerges from their exchanges leaving marks that clothes are here witnessing. Thus, the low sleeves appear as the mark of support, the mark you leave one someone. Turtlenecks embody protection of identity and from the influence of the other.
The volume of the oversized pants reflects the imposing place that weaknesses can take, preventing from any change and its high-waist tells how retained you can end up. The stiffness of the fabric refers to the intransigence of a decision, either its own or not, that is sometimes hard to leave behind. The proportions are exaggerated, just like feelings. The organic flannel jumpsuit embodies gentleness, integral protection. It allows you to feel safe and warm.
The jerseys demonstrate the malleability, the adaptation to another. This malleability is found on certain cuts, on the green jumper for instance, where the lines come to die forward. The rib organic cotton basics show the thinness from the borders of the outside while showing through a part of oneself. Their fits gives an impression of a second skin, the rib reminds notches that allow the grip, the attachment to another.
This collection also questions identity, the image you give of yourself that defines you, or in which you remain locked. The padded pieces take the appearance of an armor, it protects and modifies the silhouette disproportionately. The nylon, borrowed from sportswear, contains the notion of effort, confrontation.
The woolen coat, major piece of this collection, brings together the two themes by confronting them. The zip allows you to adjust the length and refers to the different self-images you choose to show. Thanks to it, you free yourself from a weight or you choose to live with it.
It also shows reinforcements on the back that could be considered as a shell. In fact, they are a cuddle-pocket. This shell is penetrable, and allows union, protection of the other, manifestation of love. This is the ultimate expression of our identity.
With 'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' Fashion Museum Hasselt reaches new heights continuing successful exhibitions like Axelle Red, UltraMegaLore, Prints, Collection 02(5) and many more. 'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' was first staged at Design Museum in London, making it one of the most visited exhibitions of Design Museum.
The showcase, entitled Hello My Name is Paul Smith, stages every chapter in Smith's long career, starting with a recreation of his first shop - a compact three-meter-by-three-metre space that he opened in Nottingham in 1970, which visitors can walk around.
The display also features a makeshift version of the designer's office, known for being a myriad of curiosities, full of objects collected from his many travels, as well as artwork, music, bikes and books. Other highlights come by way of a recreation of his design studio and a wall with around 50.000 buttons all manually attached one by one. This exhibition shows insight in Paul Smith work and influences through projections, audio and video clips of catwalk shows and behind the scenes footage and an overview of all the unique Paul Smith shops.
The opening night was a full house with many attendees queuing into the world behind Paul Smith's legendary designs. The exhibition is not a typical fashion showcase where one can wander around dressed mannequins, but rather a road trip through Mr. Smith fascinations and behind the scenes. 'I hope that many youngsters and students will attend the exhibition because I believe it can inspire them to see that inspirations can be found anywhere' Mr Smith stated in his opening speech.
The exhibition in Hasselt is about 400 m2 larger than the British original version, put together by the Design Museum London (curator: Donna Loveday).
The fashion selection was specially expanded for the Hasselt Fashion Museum. Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is open until June 7, 2015.