I visited Antwerp with my school, London College of Fashion, to go see this exposition: WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK. Dream The World Awake.
In the autumn/winter of 2011/2012, the Antwerp Fashion Museum presents the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the work of fashion designer WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK. Over three decades, Van Beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. He is the maverick of the Antwerp fashion scene and became primarily known for his colourful designs, his spectacular fashion shows in Paris in the 1990s under the W.&L.T. label, and the critical messages on society he proclaims in his designs. His work combines the most diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, art and pop culture to ethnography. In addition to many of the most exceptional silhouettes from Van Beirendonck’s collections, the exhibition provides an overview of the world he lives in, his sources of inspiration and his numerous other projects. By way of different themes, it takes a deeper look into the narrative character of his oeuvre, his fascination for ethnography, spiritualism and the supernatural, rituals, science fiction and technology. The exhibition reveals how Van Beirendonck examines the frontiers of beauty, creating his own interpretations of concepts imposed by society, for example, in terms of gender and sexuality, and how he incorporates topical themes, including ecology, Aids or mass consumerism into his collections and presentations. The exhibition also investigates the diverse projects beyond the catwalk, in which Walter van Beirendonck has participated, with special focus on his costumes for the U2 PopMart tour in 1997. Walter van Beirendonck has moreover collaborated with fashion photographer Nick Knight/SHOWstudio.com, stylist Simon Foxton and GQ Style UK to develop a new photography and video project created especially for this exhibition. Here is the video project.
Also some pictures from the rest of the exhibition. 🙂
After this exposition, we had some spare time to spend in the amazing town centre of Antwerp. And what do you do when you’re in Antwerp? Of course, most of us spent our time spending in the amazing stores and boutiques of Antwerp. Also, visited the Modern art Gallery. Got a chance to click beautiful shots of the city. I absolutely loved my stay in the most cinematic city of Belgium.