In the smell of fresh paint, flowers and a few unfinished installations Dries van Noten shares his personal story with the press behind his exhibition ‘Inspirations’ in Momu Antwerp.
No classical retrospective, but an intimate journey into his artistic universe, revealing the singularity of his creative process, which he illustrates with his numerous sources of inspiration. The expo is exactly that: his thoughts, images, movies, artworks (historic and ultramodern), and clothing that inspire, provoke, and stimulate his creative mind. The sources of inspiration are grouped by theme, such as military, gardens, Orientalism. But the exhibition is also autobiographical. In the first room the walls and floor are full with words that have inspired the designer during his student days, names of designers, models, magazines and movies like Depeche Mode, The Face, Thierry Mugler and many more.
Dries speaks about the great influence of for instance Jimi Hendrix for his latest Spring 2015 collection. The flowers, prints and the ‘Love, Peace, Happiness’ atmosphere are united in a colourful setting with beautiful handcrafted details on jackets that typically reminds us about the popular singer. The movie ‘A Clockwork Orange’ reflects the period that boys turn into men. An era that’s lightly violent and innocent at the same time, imitated in his Spring 2000 collection where male models wore kites on the catwalk.
The mix of movies like ‘The Piano’, flamboyant themes like Bollywood, ballet dancers and controversial artists like Damien Hirst and photographer Ryan McGinley makes this exhibition a true showcase that unwraps the mysteries of Dries’s passion, process, creativity, and singular talent. A must see for sure!