Dries Van Noten – Inspirations

Group Exhibition. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

1 March 2014 – 31 August 2014

'Rapture' (2003).

Photographed by Luc Boegly

The first exhibition devoted to the work of Belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten. Van Noten’s men’s and women’s collections are exhibited alongside 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.

For this exhibition, Dries Van Noten has brought together elements which point to other sources of inspiration, such as the Renaissance ‘chambers of wonder’ or ‘curiosity cabinets’ 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.

Hirst's early 'Kaleidoscope' painting 'Rapture' (2003) is on display. Other exhibited artists include Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon and Elizabeth Peyton. Major films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and Jane Campion’s The Piano, are also part of the event.