dries van noten inspirationsLast summer I went to see the Dries Van Noten Inspirations Exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. I’m a fan of Van Noten’s aesthetics and love the way he combines prints and textures in every single silhouette.
I really enjoyed the exhibition and was very happy to find out it would travel to the MoMu in Antwerp. Add the fact that it would be a reworked version of the exhibition including new silhouettes and other sources of inspiration and I knew I had to go to the Antwerp one as well (it helps that I live 2 streets away from the MoMu!)

Yesterday, we got together with a bunch of lovely people (Jo, Anneke, Caroline, Emily) and went to the MoMu to check out “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations”. If you spotted 5 women crouching at the floor to inspect the inside of a skirt, that would have been us!

On Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten is a Belgian Fashion Designer, who studied at the fashion department of the academy of fine arts in Antwerp amongst other well known designers such as Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee and Ann Demeulemeester, together making up the famous Antwerp Six. He’s an established designer showing at Paris Fashion Week. Van Noten was born in 1958 into a family of tailors and upscale fashion boutique owners. (source)

I love this interview with Dries Van Noten by Garance Doré . It’s so beautiful and intimate and gives great insight to his thought processes.

On the exhibition

The aim of this exhibition is to not only show the work by Dries Van Noten himself, but also his inspiration and the way his collections are made. I love this intention and the way the exhibition is set up, since it gives you a lot of insight into the ideas and mind of a designer.
You’ll find works of Yves Klein and Cristobal Balenciaga side by side, combined with silhouettes from different Dries Van Noten collections.

If you love seeing clothes moving, this teaser video on the exhibition is a must see!

I always love having a closer look at designer clothes to get inspired and to get to know a bit how they are made. The following short video by WWD’s series ‘Closer than the Front Row’ gives beautiful insight to Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2015 RTW collection and how it was made.

I’ll stop talking now and simply show you some of my favorite Dries Van Noten looks & collections (not necessarily shown in the exhibition)

look 3 of 57 dries van noten spring 2012 rtwSpring 2012, RTW

Look 5 of 55 dries van noten fall 2014 RtwFall 2014

Look 6 of 59 Dries Van Noten Spring 2015 RTWSpring 2015

Look 15 of 69 Dries Van Noten Fall 2015 RTWFall 2015

look 16 of 55 Dries van Noten spring 2009 rtwSpring 2009

look 18 of 57 dries van noten spring 2012 rtwSpring 2012

look 28 of 55 dries van noten spring 2009 rtwSpring 2009

look 42 of 57 dries van noten spring 2012 rtwSpring 2012

look 50 of 55 dries van noten spring 2009 rtwSpring 2009

look 53 of 55 dries van noten spring 2009 rtwSpring 2009

If you can’t find me the next days, I’m browsing style.com and plotting some Dries Van Noten inspired sewing!

Please let me know if you plan on visiting the exhibition or have visited it and what your thoughts are! Do you ever get inspired by fashion collections to sew something for yourself?


Dries Van Noten. Inspirations – 13|02 > 19|07|2015
MoMu Antwerp, www.momu.be


Pictures: momu.be, style.com