Described by the New York Times as “One of fashion’s most cerebral designers”. Dries Van Noten, founder and CEO of his own independent eponymous fashion brand has teamed up with Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris to put together a one of a kind exhibition. Opened to the public since March 1st to August 31st 2014; this display promises to capture the viewer in this stimulating swirl of inspirations.
Season after season we’ve listened to fashion designers attempt to explain their collections and where their inspiration came from. In occasions the references can be pretty clear, in others it can get quite tricky to tell them apart. What’s fascinating about this exhibition is that, as stated by Pamela Golbin, Musée de la Mode et du Textile’s stylish curator “when you discover it, it is not really a fashion exhibition nor an art one it is actually an exhibition about creativity and the creative process”, in other words we can say it’s a journey in his mind, where we can actually see the physical source of inspiration and most important appreciate how it was translated into his own work.
So what can one expect to discover in this magical journey into the mind of Dries Van Noten? The show is arranged thematically outlining materials and sources that go far back in history revealing the profound depth and vision behind each collection. From punk to orientalism, paintings by the likes of Damien Hirst and Francis Bacon and even garments from other designers one cannot help but be in awe by such an array of artistic influences. The spectator not only learns about the world of Dries van Noten but also how motivation can come from truly anything.
If you are a fashion student in Paris or even if you’re not, but still looking for inspiration and how to reflect it on your work, this exhibition is a must see. After all one must remember a particular quote by Sir Paul Smith; “You can find inspiration in everything; and if you can’t, look again.”
Les Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m to 6 p.m
Late opening Thursdays 6 p.m to 9 p.m
Close on Mondays
Palais-Royal, Tuileries, Pyramides
By Joanna Reid and Rudy Tun Sánchez