Walter van Beirendonck spring / summer 1983
Silhouette from the Sado collection by Walter van Beirendonck, made for the Vestirama show, autumn 1982. The collection was very avant-garde and considered shocking by the Belgian press.
Walter van Beirendonck: I am not someone who played with dolls when I was little or who was always preoccupied with clothes. So I did not know for certain that I wanted to be a designer. I just knew that I wanted to do something in that direction. I found clothing interesting, primarily because I came across it in video clips, TV and music and because I wanted to wear them myself! The immediate motivation was an article in Avenue. That article was about the Fashion Department, the students and the teachers at the Antwerp Academy, and the shows they organized each year. When I went to see the show, I found it all sublime. That was everything I wanted to do. It was a real mix of drawing, being creative and designing, really making very concrete things. For me, that was a perfect package.
De Trots van Vlaanderen (The Pride of Flanders), article in Avenue, September 1987, about the Antwerp Sx, 12 years after the publication of Met beide voeten in de wolken (With Both Feet in the Clouds), about the Antwerp Fashion Department.
Dries van Noten: As Patrick Robyn took photographs of Ann Demeulemeester’s collections, everyone wanted to have photographs. Doing photo shoots of the work was not customary. One way or another, we all tried to come up with a nice presentaiton. We went to the Photography Department of the Academy and looked for people to work with. I got along well with Pawel Czermak, so he started to photograph my collection. And Dirk Bikkembergs began working with Luc Willame.
a model in the amputated sweater backstage at maison martin margiela fall/winter 1991-92
Sabine Flaschberger | Museum Bellerive Zürich