If you happen to be in Paris by August 31, then by all means you shouldn’t miss Dries Van Noten‘s, one of the most famous and successful Antwerp Six, most recent exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Dedicated to his nearly 30-years career, ‘Inspirations’ is a thematic exhibition designed as an intimate journey into the world of the Belgian designer and his sources of inspirations. ‘I want to show a lot,’ Van Noten says. ‘I think it is the first time I’ve shown so much of how I work.’
Here you’ll find anything from ‘elaborately embroidered coats from the Balkans, unusual gowns by designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Callot Soeurs, Grès, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Dior (among others)’ to ‘a delightful trio of late-nineteenth-century black button boots shown against a state-of-the-art video installation of the poetic scene from Visconti’s The Leopard, beloved of Dries, when the protagonist’s family arrives layered in dust after a long carriage journey.’ A stormy sea painting by Gerhard Richter, a giant Damien Hirst circular work, Jacques-Emile Blanche’s 1892 portrait of Proust and a wraparound installation of flower images by the Japanese artist Azuma Makoto are among the other amazing works of art you might find in this not-your-usual exhibition.
‘It’s a very emotional journey,’ says Pamela Golbin, the museum’s chief curator, while Dries Van Noten simply concludes ‘I think that’s one of the nice surprises of the exhibition. When you walk there, you feel you are visiting a house.’
Here’s the designer talking about his ‘Inspirations’: