A love for art was quite natural as I've always had a leaning since childhood. It started with doodles to painting and that transition from an innocent attempt to create a visual representation of, just to record what you see on a surface or a piece of paper to something more profound like creating an image based on a concept, a theoretical framework. With this transition of mine, I've also found my leanings in fashion towards designers who take it further with their highly conceptual approach and one of them has to be Walter Van Beirendonck.
He's more ways than one the epitome of the fashion designer who situates himself not chiefly in a certain aesthetic level which most designers do. Think of individuals like Michael Kors who rather only makes clothes and clearly his work is never to be associated with political matters or whatever extrinsic values there is outside his design philosophy. It is a world that only is capable of trying to look good and nothing else, meanwhile designers like the Belgians seemingly reformulate the consumption of fashion to almost a sense of being anti-fashion. It is highly critical, at times satirical to some point a humorous take on the notion of fashion. Designers like Simons, Van Noten, and Van Beirendonck to name a few never fail to exemplify messages on politics, societal matters, the environment, popular culture, and so much more. Now this leads me to a more intriguing matter focusing on Walter wherein he is the subject of an exhibition at a gallery in Paris. Chez Polaris (the gallery in Paris), comes an imagined posthumous account which centers on the discovery of the tomb of a Belgian designer in the future. A gripping matter of taking account of the future and a certain retrospective that culminates the beautiful ironic language of Van Beirendonck's fashion. Elements include flags of all the names of the collections he has produced during his career, those phallic signifiers often present in his designs, a shroud, and all elements that are associated with the designer. Surely, this is nothing short of something that is forward thinking and non-conventional. It is clearly at one point provocative and not one bit short of genius, I must say.
Exhibition 2357: Walter Van Beirendonck- up until February 21 - Polaris Gallery, 15, rue des Arquebusiers, 75003 Paris
P.S. If anyone would have the time, I've covered Walter's show at 212DressingRoom as a contributor there. Go and take a look. Vas y!!!
I also happen to want to see this one so badly! I guess I'll just be cheering from the third world: All hail Walter!