I was this close of stepping foot in the exhibition, “Dries Van Noten – Inspiration” at Musée des Arts décoratifs. The venue had shut by the time I arrived and I had to depart the next day, still quite a bit of a regret to this day, not a massive one but a regret nonetheless.
I never really had any personal connections to the works of Dries but it is more of his ideology that influences and inspires.
“For me, fashion is the realization of a state of grace which we can call beauty. I represents a perfect harmony of the body, of personal expression and of clothing; it is something universal and timeless. I try to allow it to blossom by using a sensual language of fabric, a refined intimacy of detail, and a subtle game of colours and luminosity……. The aim of my creation is to provoke a dialogue, not to create a distance between people.”
The above quote was from “Dries Van Noten: Shape, Print and Fabric”. I think when you reach a certain stage in life a certain few things will emerge and you would be able to see things, to tell from the genuine to the not-so-genuine, say for example, the works of Alexander Wang, which unequivocally falls under the category of the latter, speaking from a personal perspective of course, but hey the guy is hot right now so kudos to him I guess.
‘Hana’, a Japanese word which means literally, flower. Royal Academy of Arts is currently hosting a exhibition dedicated to “modern garden”, so lots of flowers as you can imagine. I think I had my fair share of Manet and Renoir last year but the fact that it showcases Klimt and Matisse can be enticing enough. I have compiled below a few images featuring flower – a constant theme/concept reoccurring among artists and designers, it’s ephemeral, seductive, it’s symbolic and yet deceptive. The image on the top of the page is titled Orchid and Hand (1983) taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Until next time.