Inspiration hit us hard this week at the Dries van Noten exhibition at the Museé des Arts Decoratifs next to the Louvre. The designer has always been one of our priorities to see (online) each fashion week to see how his collection reflects his current obsessions and inspirations.
To see van Noten’s creative process on display was an intriguing insight into how inspiration can transform into creation. Disparate elements such as uniforms, art and nature fused and hybridised into wonderful exegeses to be worn on the body.
We loved the clash between hard luxe and soft florals that were on display. Some of the hand-embroidered textures were works of art, stitched into existence by expert aesthetes. Beautiful.
We were very taken by the layers of floral fabrics on display which looked like glorious camouflage against the giant printed petals on the wall behind the dresses. Stories started to emerge in our heads about adventurous women searching for rare orchids in tropical jungles while wearing beautiful van Noten gowns to blend in with the succulent foliage around them.
Metal textures and luxurious armoured jackets were in abundance at the exhibition. We loved the intricate mosaic beadwork but wondered how heavy the jackets would be for the urban warriors who shield themselves with the weighty garments.
We were so inspired by the Dries van Noten exhibition we wanted to investigate some of his inspirations including the artists Hubert Duprat, Francis Bacon and Damien Hurst. Look out for our next post for more.