Walter Van Beirendonck

Walter Van Beirendonck (born 4 February 1957 in Brecht, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. He is the head of the Fashion Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.[1]

Walter Van Beirendonck
Born (1957-02-04) 4 February 1957 (age 64)
EducationRoyal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp)
Walter Van Beirendonck
2011 knitwear exhibition at the ModeMuseum in Antwerp with (middle) a mid-1990s design by Walter Van Beirendonck. This dress was inspired by the colourful clothing of the Hui'an women of Quanzhou, China.
A design by Van Beirendonck [left] on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit Camp: Notes on Fashion

He graduated in 1980 from the Royal Arts Academy in Antwerp. Together with Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee (graduated in 1981) and Dirk Bikkembergs (graduated in 1982) they became known as the Antwerp Six when the idea of Belgian fashion seemed like a contradiction in terms.[2] He was the fashion advisor for U2 and their pop Mart Tour and Erasure for their Cowboy-Tour (both 1997).

Since 1983, he issues his own collections. They are inspired by the visual arts, literature, nature and ethnic influences. His unusual color combinations and a strong graphic influence are characteristic for his collections. In 1997, he designed the costumes for the U2 "PopMart Tour". In 1999, he was awarded the honorary title of "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders". In 2001, he curated the 'Fashion 2001 Landed-Geland' project in Antwerp. Next to five large exhibitions, a new magazine was launched: N°A magazine, published by Artimo, now called A MAGAZINE curated by.


Collection Season Details
W:A.R. 'Walter About Rights' Winter 2020/2021
WITBLITZ Summer 2020
WOW Winter 2019/2020
WILD IS THE WIND Summer 2019
WORLDS OF SUN AND MOON Winter 2018/2019
OWLS WHISPER Summer 2018 This collection left mostly unexplained for fashion magazines. Vogue wrote "The designer clearly had something on his mind, but what?".[3] WWD mentioned the collection as "cryptically titled", wondering "What did they [asymmetric, geometric faces on jackets and shirts] express — anger? Pensiveness?".[4]
ZWART Winter 2017/2018 Collection name Zwart was Dutch for black. The show was supported by Seidä Pass, "a band that looked like a group of metalhead trolls freshly summoned from hell".[5] "For me, I think the time is black," Mr. Van Beirendonck explained to New York Times. "That’s why I wanted to add all those ingredients about paganism, and rituals, and animals — to heal the world."[5]

The collection name is taken from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it's the Hatter unsolvable riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" "That futile search for an answer, for truth, is something that has been obsessing Walter Van Beirendonck’s work lately." wrote Vogue about the collection.[6] The fairytale aesthetic of the collection linked to reality by such a words like "Brutal beauty", "Future folk", or "Reflection through destruction".[7]

"Brutal Love", "Total Liquidity" and "Self Destruction" were next words used by Walter van Beirendonck's and eyewear brand FAKBYFAK as titles for a fashion film collaboration. Released on Tremors TV these three videos[8] were inspired by Alice in Wonderland, early 70s punk culture, wild and colourful make-up, brutal beauty, and multiracialism, and "have been created to celebrate the launch of 'Toy Glasses', Beirendonck's new line of spectacles.[9]

WOEST Winter 2016/2017 “It’s a Flemish word, my language,” said Van Beirendonck. “It means ‘furious.’ Because I am really angry.”[10]
Electric eye Summer 2016
Explicit Beauty Winter 2015/2016
WHAMBAM! Summer 2015
Crossed Crocodiles Growl Winter 2014/2015
Home Sweet Home Summer 2014
Shut your eyes to see Winter 2013/2014
Silent Secrets Summer 2013 ¨It refers to how secret societies deal with issues. The collection was inspired by the form of clothing and the dress codes that are used in secret societies. These codes were interpreted by Walter in his own way with a new contemporary refinement. The collars and hats here were a collaboration with the Dutch sculptor that Walter admired, Folkert de Jong.[11]
Lust Never Sleeps Winter 2012/2013 In this collection Walter used the masks and the bowler hats. "For me, when I was working on the collection, there were two main inspirations: voodoo and a kind of future dandyism. ... I wanted to give this collection a kind of spiritual atmosphere. I evoked a rather tense effect by putting skin-coloured masks, white skin on top of black-skinned models.”[11]

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  1. ^ "THE FASHION DEPARTMENT". Antwerp fashion. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  2. ^ Menkes, Suzy (June 17, 2013). "A Rare Reunion for the 'Antwerp Six'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Leitch, Luke (January 20, 2017). "SPRING 2018 MENSWEAR, Walter Van Beirendonck". Vogue. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Weil, Jennifer (June 21, 2017). "Walter Van Beirendonck Spring 2018". WWD. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Schneir, Matthew (January 20, 2017). "A Pagan Message of Renewal at Walter Van Beirendonck's Show". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Fury, Alexander (June 22, 2016). "SPRING 2018 MENSWEAR, Walter Van Beirendonck". Vogue. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK SS17: A BACKSTAGE STORY". Crash. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "THE ABYSS. A film for Walter Van Beirendonck and FAKBYFAK". FAKBYFAK. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Dresden, Hilton (June 5, 2017). "Walter van Beirendonck Creates 3D Utopias in Trippy New Fashion Films". Out. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Fury, Alexander (January 20, 2016). "FALL 2016 MENSWEAR, Walter Van Beirendonck". Vogue. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Mc Donald, Charles Daniel (April 16, 2016). "ANTWERP – Walter Van Beirendonck On Fashion & Art". lookBook360. Retrieved July 9, 2017.

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