Walter Van Beirendonck

I decided to look at the Antwerp Six and then chose my favourite designer amongst them to look at in- depth.

Firstly I want to look at the Antwerp six.  As a fashion city Antwerp owes its reputation to the pioneers of the fashion movement by the form of the ‘Antwerp Six’ this includes: Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee who travelled to London and Paris together in the Eighties, (N/A,2008). The group of Belgian designers emerged in the summer of 1987. They are all alumni of the city’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts and have individually produced works that are  avant-garde and intellectual. It is however impossible to define them by one over all aesthetic. (Venessa Lau, 2010)

“I Brake for Twerps” was a feature story in a special July supplement called Scene. Image below:

Walter Van Beirendonck

In 1982, two years after the completion of his studies, Van Beirendonck presented his first collection, Sado, named after his white bull terrier. His use of leather, muzzles and whips immediately caused a good deal of controversy in his own country. after the completion of his studies, Van Beirendonck presented his first collection, Sado, named after his white bull terrier. His use of leather, muzzles and whips immediately caused a good deal of controversy in his own country. (Luc Derycke and Sandra Van De Veire, 1999 )

His first breakthrough was at the British Designer Show in London in 1987 as part of the Antwerp Six with his ‘bad baby boys’ collection. Since 1983, he has his own collections under the label Walter Van Beirendonck. Walter has been inspired for his designs by art, music and literature, all mixed with ethnic an nature influences, wild colour and the interplay between body-hugging and loose forms have always been trademarks of his exuberant, often-political collections.  (Walter’s weaves, 2011) For his fall Winter 2011-12 collection, he envisaged ‘Hand on heart’, street-casting African models for a high-impact statement of dark skin against rainbow and pastel-hued clothing. Standout details included floral jacquards, beaded scarves and a myriad of shaggy knitwear in gradient tones. (Walter’s weaves, 2011)


His styles are outlandish and attention grabbing. some interesting twists he has included into shows include Some of Walter’s models had to fall from the catwalk in the Paris Lido. Two collections I found particularly interesting was his Sex clown summer 2008 collection. The models are static on small podiums and viewers are allowed to walk around the models and view the work at their own leisure. what I find interesting about it is the concept, the colour and avant garde shape and the creative madness/ genius of this collection.

Bibliography

N/A. (2008). The Antwerp Six.Belgian city of fashion makers. Available: http://www.beneluxguide.com/belgium/antwerp-six-belgian-city-of-fashion-makers/. Last accessed 30th April 2011.

Venessa Lau. (2010). Moment 54: The Antwerp Six. Available: http://www.wwd.com/eyescoop/moment-54-the-antwerp-six-3346304. Last accessed 30th April 2011.

Luc Derycke and Sandra Van De Veire. (1999 ). Belgian fashion design. Available: http://www.waltervanbeirendonck.com/HTML/home.html?/HTML/CV/cv.html&1. Last accessed 30th April 2011.

Walter’s weaves. (2011). Walter van Beirendonck. Available: http://www.ablogcuratedby.com/amagazine/walters-weaves/. Last accessed 30th April 2011.

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