Dries Van Noten Is Getting His Own Documentary

Dries Van Noten Is Getting His Own Documentary

'Dries' will provide an intimate look at the Belgian designer's impressive 25-year career.

'Dries' will provide an intimate look at the Belgian designer's impressive 25-year career.

Text: Mariana Fernandez

Fashion designer Dries Van Noten has been announced as the latest to get his own documentary, a film spanning the key moments of his career as one of the most idiosyncratic designers in the industry.

One of the "Antwerp Six" who turned fashion upside down upon graduating from Antwerp’s Royal Academy, Van Noten is known for his expert balance of opposites: the masculine and feminine, classic and modern. His designs incorporate elements and fabrics from around the world, from Japanese silks to Indian embroidery, Eastern European silhouettes, and Moroccan patterns. He was also the first designer to send skirts over pants down the runway.

Dries will be written, directed, and produced by Rainer Holzemer, who created the 2008 documentary about William Eggleston. “It took me a very long time to convince Dries to share his passions, his creative and intimate world in front of a camera,” Holzemer said. “I followed him for a whole year, and I think I came as close to him and his world as it is possible. I hope the result is a very personal insight into his life and career.”

Dogwoof Pictures has acquired the rights to distribute the documentary, which will feature interviews with Van Noten himself, as well as industry influencers such as Iris Apfel, Suzy Menkes, and Pamela Golbin, the curator of Dries Van Noten–Inspirations at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In addition to interviews with the highly private designer as he creates a year’s worth of new collections, Dries will take viewers behind the scenes to his atelier and home in Antwerp.

The film is set to premiere next year, although the exact release date is unknown.

Credits: Backstage at Dries Van Noten F/W 16 by Schohaja

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