So imagine walking into the mind of Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, and peeking blissfully at his eclectic musings of fashion and art—symbolically mesmerizing, and collectively vibrant and creative. Well, a trip to the City of Lights might satiate said pondering.
At the beginning of March the Dries Van Noten: Inspirations exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs opened upon the eve of his Fall 2014 runway show and will close on August 31, 2014. A summer trip to Paris perhaps! I can’t think of anything more tantalizing than an artful fashion exhibition, showcasing the incredible talent of Dries Van Noten, who’s endured the fickle fashion world for over 30 years. Notably revered as one of “The Antwerp Six” who debut at London Fashion Week in the 90s, and a graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Thematically organized between military, gardens and orientalism, and co-curated with Pamela Golbin, chief curator of fashion and textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and Van Noten, the 400 piece exhibition showcases his inspirations from the history of fashion and art. Juxtaposed with iconic fashion and masters of art, the exhibition includes—Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso, Kees van Dongen, Gerard Richter, with nods to Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier, and references to 80s fashion stars Claude Montana, and Thierry Mugler.
From Paris to New York, exhibition sponsor Barneys New York, revealed a window display last week dedicated to Dries Van Noten. So if you can’t get to Paris this year, then visit the Madison Avenue flagship within the next six weeks for a sweet peek inside the mind of Dries Van Noten.