In this week’s fashion history, we will be taking a look at the history of Dries Van Noten. Dries Van Noten, born in Antwerp in 1958, is the third generation of a tailoring family. Dries enrolled in Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fashion at the age of 18.
After graduating, he worked as a consultant designer before launching his own menswear collection in 1986. Dries Van Noten has always presented collections for men and women for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. In 2004, he celebrated his 50th fashion show, and in 2017, he celebrated his 100th fashion show.
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Dries Van Noten was named International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in June 2008. Dries Van Noten’s “Inspirations,” a first-ever exhibition featuring his designs and influences, debuted at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014. In 2015, a different version of the exhibit relocated to Antwerp.
Dries Van Noten was named a ‘Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by France in July. Dries Van Noten receives the Culture Award from the Province of Antwerp in October 2016 for his contribution to culture.
Puig became the majority owner of Dries Van Noten’s capital structure in June 2018. Over time, the designer will remain a significant minority shareholder and will continue to serve as chief creative officer and chairman of the board.
Mr Van Noten collaborated with world-renowned fashion designer Mr Christian Lacroix on his Women’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection in 2019. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has nominated Dries Van Noten for its International Designer of the Year Award in June 2020 and September 2021.
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