Dries Van Noten - Applied Art

Fashion or dress is something we all have in common. Getting dressed is an everyday activity. It is something that we often do without much thought. But what makes fashion art? What elevates an everyday garment into a work of beauty and artistry?

Fashion then falls into the realms of applied art. Applied art is the application of design and decoration to everyday objects (in this case a garment) to make it aesthetically pleasing. Dries Van Noten is a master of this.

 A grey sweater beautifully adorned with pearls around the neckline which adds a bit of interest to an otherwise everyday garment

A grey sweater beautifully adorned with pearls around the neckline which adds a bit of interest to an otherwise everyday garment

The body of work of Van Noten is testament to the relationship between art and fashion. He draws inspiration from the world around him, different colours, artists, musicians and all this informs his work and turns for instance a simple navy blazer into a unique piece adorned with hints of Indian crewel work. His works  without fail reveal his tastes for exquisite fabrics such as brocades and jacquards and an impeccable eye for intricate embroideries and decoration. He then masterfully finishes off the merging of all this inspiration with an instinctive understanding of tailoring. 

Dries van Noten’s creations are all the more unique. Given their detachment from any trends, the fashions often become life-long companions of his loyal clientele. Anyone who has fallen in love with this artistic vision keeps coming back for more.

 A simple jacket worn on the reserve to reveal a quilted lining which at the same time evokes Japanese military influences 

A simple jacket worn on the reserve to reveal a quilted lining which at the same time evokes Japanese military influences 

Michael Dankwah