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.
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
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Dries van Noten – Inspirations runs until July 19 2015.