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date: 17 August 2019

Van Noten, Dries [ Andries ]locked

(b Schoten, May 12, 1958).
  • Nele Bernheim

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[ Andries ]

(b Schoten, May 12, 1958).

Belgian fashion designer. Born into a family of tailors spanning three generations, Van Noten studied fashion design at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp (1977–81), while working as a freelance designer for Belgian and Italian labels. In 1985, Van Noten launched his own menswear label and the following year made an international breakthrough at London’s British Designer Show alongside the other members of the group known as the ‘Antwerp Six’: Walter Van Beirendonck (b 1957), Ann Demeulemeester , Dirk Van Saene (b 1959), Dirk Bikkembergs (b 1959) and Marina Yee (b 1958). In 1987 he expanded his range to include womenswear and two years later opened his flagship store in Antwerp. In 1991, he staged the first of his memorable fashion shows in Paris. Van Noten is the most versatile, accessible and commercially successful of the Belgian fashion designers, equally recognized for both his men’s and women’s collections. He is known for his eclectic style, his use of original fabrics, especially unorthodox prints and embroideries, a wide spectrum of colours and widely varied sources of inspiration. His silhouettes range from the historic to the exotic to the modern, sometimes within a single collection....

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