lundi 19 septembre 2011

Walter Van Beirendonck Dreams The World Awake

Dream The World Awake showcases all this and more, offering an overview of three decades of Van Beirendonck’s innovation and invention. This is not only limited to the catwalk but also includes diverse projects spearheaded by Van Beirendonck – the kitschy, cartoonish costumes created for the U2 PopMart tour in 1997 receiving special focus. A centrepiece of the exhibition is Nick Knight and Simon Foxton’s collaborative project, a forty-one model photographic frieze and fashion film created by Knight showcasing Foxton’s visual mash-up of Van Beirendonck’s enviable archives.

Mixing garments from different collections – and even decades – together to create new looks in collaboration with Van Beirendonck himself, Knight and Foxton inject fresh life into these museum-worthy pieces, highlighting their continuing revolutionary relevance to contemporary menswear. A selection of images from this shoot are also showcased in GQ Style, with the video and photographic frieze shown both online as part of our Dream The World Awake project, and also in the MOMU space itself, blown-up larger than life. That, it seems, is a fitting summary of Van Beirendonck’s entire fashion career. Dream The World Awake runs from 14 September 2011 – 19 February 2012 at the Antwerp Fashion Museum. 

Global Hypercolor: Watch Nick Knight's fashion film featuring Simon Foxton's decade-defying selection from Walter Van Beirendonck's archive

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