a film by Reiner Holzemer, featuring Dries van Noten
launched in 2017 by Dogwoof Pictures, 52 minutes
Although I can’t really stand the fashion industry, especially because of the devastating effect it has on our planet, I do appreciate the art and craftmenship of fashion. There are many fashion designers who’s work, unstoppable creativity and dedication keep blowing my mind. The Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten is one of my personal favourites, mostly because of his excellent sense of colours and materials.
Dries is the first and only documentary for which Dries Van Noten allowed a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and private life. Filmmaker Reiner Holzemer documented all the steps Dries takes to create four collections each year. From the first sketches and inspiration, to the fashion shows in which the collections come to live.
Van Noten’s collections are most known for the beautiful but very unexpected combinations of elements, fabrics, colours and styles. Although there’s always a classical basis in what he does, Dries’ love for bad taste is what sets the tone. He designs by using contrasts, he opposes things that add up to something new. He puts elements together in such a way that the ‘clash’ is right, finding that balance between what is nice and what isn’t. Resulting in beautiful, honest and authentic collections.
“I need contrasts, I need tensions, I need a clash in a collection.
It’s the way that I work, the way that I create a collection
and for me it’s also a reflection of real life.”
– Dries van Noten
Dries is an artisanal designer and brings emotion and passion into what he’s doing. You see and feel that his designs are made with some kind of honesty, with passion and that it all really comes from his heart. Dries says people have to feel there’s some kind of reality behind it, and that’s probably the key to his success.
What attracts me personally to his work is that I understand his designs and the design process. Although I could never come up with what he creates, I understand the design-language he speaks. Therefore it was very inspiring to see where Dries finds his inspiration and how he combines opposites into something totally new. Back in 2015 I visited the exhibition ‘Inspirations’, just like this documenary the exhibit presented an intimate journey into Dries van Noten’s artistic universe, revealing his creative process and the numerous sources of inspiration.
“A lot of inspiration is coming from things we don’t like,
things I think that are really ugly, things that are completely wrong,
things which hurt your eye.”
– Dries van Noten
I’ll share with you the trailer of Dries, but of course I highly recommend to watch this fantastic documentary completely. I promise it’s worthy of your time!