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Meet : Dries Van Noten

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dries van noten photo by Mikael Jansson via T magazine

Since I studied Fashion Design, I often look at my favorite designers for inspiration. Dries van Noten is at the top of that list. Especially for his treatment of fabrics with lots of amazing embroidery and beading,  and his unusual sense of color combinations. So for this post I pulled out a book I own,  to show you some of those fabrics. But when I leafed through it, I realized that maybe you already know about his clothes and have access to seeing them online. What you most likely have not seen, are the very creative invitations for his runway shows.

dries candy invite

dries puzzle

He is known for his productions in the unusual, often raw and industrial, places,  where he holds both his women’s and menswear shows. The invitations often reflect the type of place, or the theme of the show. Take a look.

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Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1992

1 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1992

Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2003

2 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2003

Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1999/2000

3 Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1999/2000

mens collection Spring / Summer 1993

4 mens collection Spring / Summer 1993

Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1997/98

5 Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1997/98

Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1998

6 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1998

Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1992 - 1993

7 Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 1992 - 1993

Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1994

8 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 1994

Men's Collection Autumn / WInter 1996 - 1997

9 Men's Collection Autumn / WInter 1996 - 1997

Women's Collection Spring / Summer 2002

10 Women's Collection Spring / Summer 2002

Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2002-2003

11 Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2002-2003

Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 2003 - 2004

12 Men's Collection Autumn / Winter 2003 - 2004

Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2003 - 2004

13 Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2003 - 2004

Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2004

14 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2004

Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2004 - 2005

15 Women's Collection Autumn / Winter 2004 - 2005

Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2005

16 Men's Collection Spring / Summer 2005

They are mostly out of simple materials and easy to adapt for a party invitation of your own. Let me know if it inspires you to throw a party (no fancy clothes needed).

Comments (8)

  • I absolutely adore these invitations...what an awesome and creative idea! This definitely inspires me to create a unique party invitation for my next gathering! Thanks! xox Beth

  • Those invitations are amazing. So inspiring!

  • How very unique! We are planning a 90th birthday party for our Mum and these unique invitations indicate how they could be done. Since the theme is
    textiles, may I tell you of a magnificent wall hanging entitled: Invitation the Quilt of Belonging. The squares (mounted 'on point') have black honeycomb backgrounds, and represent 192 countries and 71 Aboriginal groups. It is 120 feet long and 10 feet high. Martha, I know you and your followers would be extremely interested in this work of art. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so please search: http://www.invitationproject.ca. You must behold it to believe it.

    Sincerely

    Dee

  • Thank you "Dee" for the link to the Quilt Project website. You can see each quilt square individually. It's great!

  • I absolutely love Dries van Noten and your post was such a treat, thank you!

  • Would you mind sharing which book these are from? Thank you!

  • Very great writing. Honestly!

  • Super great read! Really!

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