Saturday, 17 September 2011

Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream The World Awake

The night of September 3th the city of Antwerp (Belguim) celebrated the opening of the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the work of fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck. The exhibition is so mind blowing and awaking just as the work of Walter has always been. Each creation is a world of its own and all together it’s a party you never want to leave. Just have a look at the pictures and get yourself to MOMU, Antwerp Fashion Museum. Walter Van Beirendonck ‘Dream the world awake’ runs from September 14th, 2011 until February 19th, 2012. For more about the exhibition: http://www.momu.be

Have a look!!



Catalogue

Dream The World Awake

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 atechnology. Several themes are reflected in Walter's Wonderwall, a 60 meters long collage of images, slogans, objects and video's.
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. More about this colloaboration here: http://brankopopovic.blogspot.com/2011/09/dream-world-awake-by-showstudio.html


Kaat Debo and Walter Van Beirendonck






























































U2 PopMar tour 1997/1998


U2 PopMar tour 1997/1998


































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