“A LONDONER IN PARIS: THE NOTEWORTHY DRIES VAN NOTEN RETROSPECTIVE





1


Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 21.44.26



Numerous are the fashion exhibitions A-Gent of Style has swanned around over the years but nothing had prepared him for the revelation that is the first ever retrospective currently at Les Arts Décoratifs museum in Paris celebrating the notable career of Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. When his friend Christophe d’Aboville highly recommended he saw this exhibition during his stay in Paris last week, A-Gent of Style was uncertain as to whether he would make it to Inspirations as he shamefully knew little about Van Noten who had seldom been on his sartorial radar. Pleasantly surprised would be far too mild an expression to describe the indelible impression the exhibit on the artist’s work had on him.
A-Gent of Style left the museum buzzing, re-energised and completely inspired by this maximalist cornucopia of layers, textures and compositions with cross-cultural, cross-societal and cross-geographical references and visual stimuli.


Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 22.49.53


Dries Van Noten takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe created since 1986 where he reveals the singularity of his creative process illustrating his various and numerous sources of inspiration. This event, expertly curated in the most sterling and intelligent manner, is an eye-opening experience where
Dries Van Noten’s men’s and women’s collections are put together and juxtaposed with iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection. The show also includes photographs and videos, film clips (the embroideries and beading ones shot in India are sublime), musical references, as well as artworks by renowned artists, from public and private collections, that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career.



Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 21.41.26



For this beautifully detailed and extensively researched exhibition which takes the form, on the second floor, of a kaleidoscopic hothouse of enchanted wild gardens and blossoming prints on the walls and on the floors, Dries Van Noten has brought together elements which point to other sources of inspiration, such as the Renaissance ‘chambers of wonder’ or ‘curiosity cabinets’ in which collectors amassed memorabilia and souvenirs. He has selected anonymous 19th century pieces and works by emblematic couturiers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and
Christian Dior ans 1980s designers, to evoke intimate subject matters such as youth, the archetype, ambiguity and passion, while highlighting his ‘signature’ themes.

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 21.34.45


Thanks to exceptional loans, masterpieces by important artists such as Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon,
Elizabeth Peyton and Damien Hirst are on display in each section of the show ranging from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the 1950s, military uniforms, Spanish bullfighters, ’60s hippy chic, Bollywood, African tribes, punk and many more. Major films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and
Jane Campion’s The Piano, are also part of the event.

The exhibition is the result of Dries Van Noten’s close collaboration with the Arts Décoratifs Museum, which has prompted him to use several 19th century textile patterns in his 2014 men’s ans women’s Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections that he unveiled in Paris in June and September 2013.


Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 22.49.23

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 21.37.44

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 22.50.01

IMG_4743_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4742_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4740_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4744_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4741_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4746_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4749_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4747_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4750_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4751_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4754_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4755_1024x1024_500KB

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 23.05.05

IMG_4756_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4757_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4758_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4759_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4760_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4761_1024x1024_500KB

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 22.39.27

IMG_4763_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4764_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4766_1024x1024_500KB

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 22.46.50

IMG_4767_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4768_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4769_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4770_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4771_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4772_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4773_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4774_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4775_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4776_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4777_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4778_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4780_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4781_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4790_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4791_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4792_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4793_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4794_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4795_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4796_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4797_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4798_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4799_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4801_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4803_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4804_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4805_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4807_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4808_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4809_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4810_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4811_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4812_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4813_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4815_1024x1024_500KB

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 23.05.25

IMG_4816_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4817_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4819_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4818_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4821_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4822_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4823_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4824_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4825_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4826_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4827_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4830_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4831_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4832_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4833_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4834_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4835_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4836_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4837_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4839_1024x1024_500KB

IMG_4840_1024x1024_500KB



Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 22.49.12



– Photos by A-Gent of Style and Les Arts Décoratifs –







One comment


  • Fantastically lush and madcap! Brilliant photography, full of mood and adventure – love this post, Fabrice!

    May 19, 2014

Leave a comment


Name*

Email(will not be published)*

Website

Your comment*

Submit Comment

© Copyright agentofstyle - Designed by Dentdelion