Antwerp icon MarinaYeeat at Handschoenmarkt Cathedral. Ph. Ronald Stoops
Dear iDEALS, on the occasion of the celebration Happy Birthday Dear Academie, MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Antwerpen Open and Toerisme Vlaanderen are presenting the project Antwerp Icons.
12 renowned designers, all graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, chose an iconic piece from their archive.
Antwerp Icon Walter Van Beirendonck at Momu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Ph: Boy Kortekaas
MoMu invited photographer Ronald Stoops, make-up artist Inge Grognard and fashion designer Dirk Van Saene to interpret these garments in a styling with printed bodysuits which refer to the signature of the designers. The large format photos pop up at various locations all over the city.
Antwerp Icon Bernhard Willhelm at Voetgangerstunnel, Ph. Ronald Stoops
The outdoor art project constitutes part of the citywide Happy Birthday Dear Academie celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Antwerp Academy, and 50th anniversary of its Fashion Department.
Luk Lemmens, deputy Culture Province of Antwerp: "The monumental proportions are reminiscent of the totemic 'giants' that have been carried in Antwerp processions since the 14th century.
Antwerp Icon Dries Van Noten at MAS, Ph.Ronald Stoops
It is a nice way to highlight the connection between the Fashion Museum and the city center."
Kaat Debo, director MoMu: " Designer Dirk Van Saene created a visual link between the silhouettes by the use of a simple bodysuit. Each is printed with a pattern or textile strongly associated with the appropriate designer's work, chosen following research through the archives of MoMu, Antwerp's Fashion Museum."
Antwerp Icon Peter Pilotto at Voetgangerstunnel, Photo: Ronald Stoops
Discover the Antwerp Icons in Antwerp: Ann Demeulemeester (Leopold de Waelplaats/ Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten), Bernhard Willhelm (Astridplein), Dries Van Noten (Hanzestedenplaats/MAS), Dirk Van Saene (Wapper), Dirk Bikkembergs (Theaterplein), Marina Yee (Handschoenmarkt/Kathedraal), A.F. Vandevorst (Bolivarplaats/Justitiepaleis), Veronique Branquinho (De Keyserlei), Walter Van Beirendocnk (Nationalestraat/MoMu), Christian Wijnants (Falconplein), Peter Pilotto (Ernest van Dijckkaai/Voetgangerstunnel), Maison Martin Margiela (Mechelseplein).
Antwerp Icon Dirk Van Saene at Wapper, Photo: Ronald Stoops
"The video was shot last month on location in Tirol and Südtirol and features a selection of some of the most interesting up and coming designers of the past year including
Satu Maaranen the winner of Hyeres
Damien Ravn a Hyeres finalist
Sadie Williams of CSM
and many others."
Directed by - Andreas Waldschuetz & Adia Trischler
The full film will soon to be released on Vogue.it
Dresses hung in the duality of the dark, in the indefinite time between the
darkness of death and the one where the seed germinates, telling the
evolutionary stages of an uncertain and inescapable wait, comparable to that
of the metamorphosis of a chrysalis.
As an impenetrable armor, the use of the leather and of the embellished
rubber give rigidity to the figure, which contrasts with flowing fabrics like
satin and silk chiffon, light and fragile as the wings of an insect.
Visions between the end and the beginning is an assemblage of runaway
perceptions due to ancestral reminiscences, positive sensations of events
which have no place nor time, abstract visions in the primitive darkness of
rebirth, a symbol that characterized the final work collection FW 13/14
exhibited in “Altaroma Haute Couture” edition of July 2013 and winner of the
“Fashion Award” Altieri.