Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
1 March – 31 August, 2014
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 44 55 57 50

This is the first exhibition devoted to the work of Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Working in close collaboration with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the designer takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe, revealing the singularity of his creative process which he illustrates with his various and numerous sources of inspiration. The show offers a glimpse into the mind of Dries Van Noten, with his men’s and women’s collections exhibited together with iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection. The show also includes photographs and videos, film clips, musical references, as well as artworks by renowned artists, from public and private collections, that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career.

A major part of the exhibition are the elements that Dries Van Noten has selected which point to his sources of inspiration, such as the Renaissance ‘chambers of wonder’ or ‘cabinets of curiosity’ in which collectors amassed memorabilia and souvenirs. He has selected anonymous 19th century pieces and works by emblematic couturiers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior to evoke intimate subject matters such as youth, the archetype, ambiguity and passion, while highlighting his ‘signature’ themes. Other highlights of the eclectic show include masterpieces by Kees Van Dongen and Francis Bacon, as well as movies such as Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange.