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Dries Van Noten – Inspiration Exhibition Paris

I have always been a fan of Dries Van Noten design, as I love his bold design when it comes to colours and prints. I am at awe as to how he can mix and match different prints or bold colours and create a certain harmony in his design, he is not just a fashion designer in my eyes but a true artist in his own special way.  So when I found out that Musée Les Arts Decoratifs is creating the very first exhibition dedicated to him, I just need to get there and savour all its aesthetic beauty.

Dries Van Noten – Inspiration is an exhibition that showcases his creative processes.  It was like going into the marvellous world of Dries Van Noten, his artistic journey and elements that inspired him for his collections.  The exhibition is compilation of artworks, masterpieces, videos, photographs, textile, cultures that influence his design through out his life and career.

Dries Van Noten Biography

Dries Van Noten is a Belgian fashion designer eponymous for his eccentric style and one of fashion’s most cerebral designers. With the influence from his father and grandfather who were garment maker and tailor, he decided to enter the Antwerp Academy in fashion design. He began his career in 1986 and since then he has 400 retail shops around the world. He doesn’t believe in haute couture as he said “‘I’m a little naive but I don’t like the idea of showing things that you don’t sell in a store” in a recent interview. He has 4 collections a year both men’s and women’s collections. Dries Van Noten collaborate closely with the Musée les Arts Décoratif, which in turn inspire him to use several 19Th century textile patterns in his 2014 Spring/Summer men’s and women’s collections.

Ispiration – The Exhibition 

Inspiration is a  beautifully curated, how each collection is inspired by certain elements and then exhibited together side by side with his design. Each collection is presented exquisitely in its individual vitrine, compose with sources of inspiration and the finish designs. You will find amazing masterpiece of artwork like Yves Klien or Damien Hirst, ancient textile, and pieces from other renowned designers such as Christian Dior or Cristobal Balenciaga arrange together with his collections. You will find collections influence by other culture such as Bollywood and influences from Japan, China and Indonesia. You will see some Indonesian Batik prints, Indian intricate beading and ancient textile from Japan and China. There are collections also influence by famous movies like Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and Jane Campion’s The Piano. It’s a feast for you eyes and senses. 

Definitely an exhibition not to be missed if you are a fashion lover or Dries Van Noten fan. It’s an exhibition where fashion design collide with the art world in every sense, an eye-opening experience. 


Dries Van Noten – Inspirations

1st of March – 31st of August 2014

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, for more info click here

107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Access: Metro Palais Royal Musée du Louvre


*All photos credit to Les Arts Décoratifs. Photography Luc Boegly



Irene Widjaja - Perelli

Irene Widjaja - Perelli

Contributor Paris. A stranger in Paris, a novice writer, passionate about Indonesian fashion, green living, and finding the perfect baked donut recipe. Last but not least I want to see the world!
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