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Dries Van Noten

Eccentric and intellectual, the Belgian company has grown from strength to strength since the 2000s on layering and novel fabrics.

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Dries Van Noten (born 1958) is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. His style is said to be "eccentric", and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid-2000s, culminating with Van Noten's winning of the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards, and has continued to dress her for other red carpet events since. Other notable customers include Princess Mathilde of Belgium, and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Van Noten was born into a family of garment makers and traders: his father owned a menswear shop and his grandfather was a tailor. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy in 1980, and began his career in 1986, when he presented his first menswear collection in London as part of the The Antwerp Six collective. That led to a small order from Barneys New York, a store that still stocks his merchandise regularly. Van Noten currently creates four collections a year (men's and women's, both for summer and winter).

The brand does not offer haute couture; all of its designs are ready to wear and available at retail: "'I'm a little naive but I don't like the idea of showing things that you don't sell in a store", said Van Noten in an interview. His work is characterized by use of prints, colors, original fabrics and layering. He does not advertise.

Source: Wikipedia

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