Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story

Kristina De Coninck for Martin Margiela S/S91 © Ronald Stoops
The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story

05 JUNE ’15 / 13 SEPTEMBER ’15

The Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium’s oldest and largest arts centre, dedicates a major exhibition to the DNA of Belgian fashion and its contribution to the international fashion scene. Titled “The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story”, the exhibition features more than 100 designs, from the first pioneers like Norine De Schrijver and her legendary Maison Morin of the 20’s to young promises like the KRJST collective, The Belgians intends to tell a comprehensive story of Belgian fashion design, paying tribute to its bold originality and excellent craftsmanship.

Surreal, avant-garde and explicit. These are three keywords that are usually associated with Belgian fashion, which is internationally recognised. This exhibition gives a unique historic overview of the DNA of Belgian fashion, starting with the legendary Antwerp Six (including Dries van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck and Ann Demeulemeester) and working up to the individualistic creations of Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst and Raf Simons. The exhibition also highlights the works of several influential players in various fashion and art disciplines. We will also touch upon the importance of the fashion academies, especially the Antwerp Academy and La Cambre in Brussels. Naturally this exhibition would not be complete without emerging talent like Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Christian Wijnants.

Curator: Didier Vervaeren
http://www.bozar.be

AF Vandevorst A/W15 © Ronald Stoops
Christophe Coppens, Deer Cape, 2005 Courtesy of BOZAR

 Eric Baudouin's Bags Courtesy of BOZAR

KRJST Courtesy of BOZAR
Walter Van Beirendonck, 1995 © Ronald Stoops

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