Exhibition File – Walter Van Birendonck

A couple of weeks ago I heard him speak in Chicago, and now Walter Van Birendonck is the focus of a recently opened exhibition at Dallas Contemporary. The show, Walter Van Birendonck: Lust Never Sleeps – Silent Secrets, is an art installation of his winter 2012/2013 and summer 2013 fashion collections.

Van Birendonck is an avant-garde menswear designer. He hails from Belgian, and is known as one of the Antwerp Six, a group of desigerns who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp during the 1980s.

In the show, the two most recent collections are installed in an open gallery on round, white platforms. Van Birendonck’s winter 2012/2013 collection called Lust Never Sleeps was inspired by Tahitian voodoo. In an interview with Fashionista, Van Birendonck described the collection saying,”I wanted to create a future dandy silhouette almost, but with a very strong tension. That’s why I was using these masks inspired by Papua New Guinea and the canes — a lot of elements to create a tense atmosphere.”

The summer 2013 collection, which is currently in stores, refers “to what’s going on the social networks today, that everything is so easily spread and there is no privacy anymore. Images are taken from everybody, they are sent immediately, also you can’t keep anything secret anymore.” Van Birendonck went on to add, “It’s also referring to secret societies — their dress codes and the hidden underground feeling of secret societies. The collection from summer is also formal inspired, like formal clothing with a twist and with my typical ingredients.”

Walter Van Birendonck: Lust Never Sleeps – Silent Secrets runs until August 18.

Address: Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street, Dallas, Texas
Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5
Admission: free
Website: dallascontemporary.org/currentexhibit.html


  1. Karen Herbaugh says:

    I really like the pedestals. It gives the show a whole different look.

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