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Equal parts raconteur, rabble-rouser, and researcher, Antwerp Six designer Walter Van Beirendonck is no stranger to the power of the modern mash-up. From kink to Kawaii and everything in between, his collections are vacuum-packed with referential points well beyond the vocabulary of typical menswear. Van Beirendonck is interested in a very specific sort of commentary, which can best be described as a blend-up of global auspices with bizarro academia. It should come as no surprise, then, that he was very interested when he received a call from Texas concerning a possible showcase. “Dallas is really very weird…” Van Beirendonck told Style.com. “But there’s so much culture, so many museums, so much going on—I was not expecting this.”
Tomorrow, Van Beirendonck will unveil an eponymous exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary museum, coinciding with the city’s inaugural Arts Week. Spotlighting his Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 collections, the show will illustrate the designer’s fascination with privacy and what isn’t always apparent on-screen. “It’s very difficult to keep a secret anymore,” said Van Beirendonck. “Everything is traveling immediately, all over the world.” Inherent in his lineups are themes of secret society dress codes, image copyright violations, reverse race misappropriation (black models in whiteface), Papua New Guinean voodooism, and more. “I decided to show all of these ideas in a really pure way—with original styling and the actual accessories from the runway,” added the designer.
Once Dallas is wrapped, it’s back to Belgium for the designer. On top of producing his label, Van Beirendonck teaches at Antwerp’s Royal Academy, where he is curating the school’s 350-year retrospective, which is set to open on September 7.
Walter Van Beirendonck will be on view at the Dallas Contemporary museum from April 12 through August 19.
For a country roughly the size of Maryland, Belgium has had an outsize influence on fashion over the past two decades. Dries Van Noten, Veronique Branquinho, Ann Demeulemeester, Olivier Theyskens, and Raf Simons are among the many who hail from there and who studied at the famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. And it appears that Belgium is the fashion gift that keeps on giving: This season, Showroom Antwerp is exporting seven emerging Belgian designers (and their collections) to New York fashion week. Anke Loh, Anna Heylen, Idriz Jossa, Lenny Leleu, Marc-Phillipe Coudeyre, Peter Ceursters, and Stephan Schneider will be taking up residence at Flanders House in midtown today; of these, Schneider is the locally familiar name, selling his clean, detail-driven menswear (pictured) at stores such Project No. 8 and Opening Ceremony. Schneider presents his collections in Paris but says that increasing interest from the U.S. media and retailers compelled him to bring his Fall ’10 wares to New York for a look-see. “This season seemed the right moment for us to join New York fashion week,” he explains.