the fall collection of DRIES VAN NOTEN. The designer plundered the Victoria and Albert Museum's ASIA COLLECTIONS-& he continues to create modern clothes that are wearable and full of historical references and images.
DRIES VAN NOTEN at DAZED:
It's a lot of Chinese, a lot of Japanese and a lot of Korean. We looked at costumes from the V&A collection. We photographed them completely flat as garments. We printed these images on fabrics and then heat cut the fabric into contemporary clothes, by placing the shape of the kimonos and the dragon curls from China all in a different way so that sometimes the seam of the coat becomes the shape of the dress. We just completely replaced all the elements. That's what we wanted to obtain - the beauty of the fabrics but on contemporary clothes.
This Japanese Fukasa from the V&A of embroidered silk and metallic flying cranes looks to be on of Dries' inspirations. The crane symbolizes longevity. This would be my "pick" from the collection.
documents from the V&A (above & below)
Dries Van Noten images from DAZED
All of the pieces from the V&A are my own selections & are not the actual inspirations from the designer.
the V&A here
more about Dries Van Noten at WSJ here