Dries Van Noten – Inspirations


Next week I am going to Paris for a few days. Except from the makeup fair “Make up in Paris” that i am going to I have to go and see Dries Van Notens exhibition.
For his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten has drawn on the museum’s collection to surround his clothes with artworks that inspire him – the geometric abstractions of Victor Vasarely, the expressionism of Kees van Dongen and bourgeois portraits of Jacques-Emile Blanche. From collection to collection and from season to season, painting, sculpture and photography show their influence on Van Noten’s work, echoed in forms and colours.
However, Van Noten is not content with just presenting his work – instead, he has created a finely compartmentalised world on the model of a Renaissance ‘cabinet of curiosities’, bringing together images, fabric and found objects in themed cabinets (‘butterflies’, ‘Orientalism’, ‘Gold’ and so on). There’s a liberal exchange between fashion, painting, sculpture, cinema, fauna, flora and crafts. In a similar way, Van Noten’s creations are in some ways reflections of our age – rather than inventing new expressions, they are made up of what they find by looking to other times, places and peoples – the 1950s, military uniforms, Spanish bullfighters, ’60s hippy chic, Bollywood, punk and more.



Exhibition with Paolo Roversi


Paolo Roversi is one of the world’s most celebrated fashion photographers. For nearly forty years, his photographs published in the world’s leading fashion magazine. With his personal approach to fashion and the aura of mystery surrounding his pictures, he has created his own world, somewhere between dream and reality.

On friday the exhibition “Secrets” opens at Fotografiska, which presents a rich selection of Paolo Roversis classic photographs along with his unprecedented photos from his own studio.


A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk


On the 13th of september the exhibition A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk opens at FIT Museum in New York. From Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, many of the greatest fashion designers of the past century have been gay. Indeed, it is widely believed that most male fashion designers are gay. Is this just a stereotype? Or do gay men really have a special relationship with fashion?


The exhibition features approximately 100 ensembles spanning more than a century of fashion. Organized in roughly chronological order, the exhibition explores the history of modern fashion through the lens of gay and lesbian life and culture, addressing subjects including androgyny, dandyism, idealizing and transgressive aesthetic styles, and the influence of subcultural and street styles, including drag, leather and uniforms.
This will be one of my highlights when I go to New York this year! The exhibition ends at the 4th of january 2014.