Dries Van Noten’s chambers of wonder

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Sometimes I just want to spend my whole day in the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. Every time it’s a new adventure.  This time my imagination was captured by works and inspirations of the Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten.  This is the very first exhibition devoted to his work. The iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection are mixed with designer’s men and women collections. Some extra content is represented in photographs and videos, film clips and musical references that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career. It’s an amazing combination of art and fashion and one of the most beautiful exhibitions I’ve ever seen. You can visit it until the 31st of August 2014.

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Elsa Schiaparelli 1937 & Damien Hirst

The most various designers inspirations are brought together:  the Renaissance ‘chambers of wonder’ or ‘curiosity cabinets’ in which collectors amassed memorabilia and souvenirs; anonymous 19th century pieces and works by emblematic couturiers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior; masterpieces by important artists such as Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Peyton and Damien Hirst; major films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and Jane Campion’s The Piano, are part of this amazing show. As you see this exhibition is really one huge chamber of wonder. Enjoy the ‘stolen’ photos 🙂

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Dries Van Noten’s collections

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Dries Van Noten’s collections

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Balenciaga, fall/winter 1952/1953

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Dries Van Noten’s collections

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Christian Dior, evening dress May, spring/summer 1953

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Nina Ricci 79-80 – Balenciaga 1959 – Chanel 1957 – Nina Ricci 1964 

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Dries Van Noten’s collection- inspired by the Orient

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Yves Saint Laurent, evening dress Picasso fall/winter 1979-1980

IMG_5234Roger Vivier 1987

 

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