glass beads, fabric, chain, leather
Walter Van Beirendonck (b. 1957, Brecht, Belgium) studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, alongside his peers Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester and Marina Yee. The group came to prominence, under this name, when they presented their respective collections as a group fashion show in London in 1987. Since 1983, Van Beirendonck has amassed a remarkable and unparalleled body of work, pushing the limits of what garments, accessories, and the contexts in which fashion is presented can be. His clothes often take on sculptural qualities and he has become known for producing idiosyncratic fashion shows that function as immersive mise en scene for his collections, completing the world from which they come. In wearing Walter, you become a part of his world, and carry it into yours.