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The grandson of a tailor, the son of a menswear boutique owner and a member of the celebrated Antwerp Six, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is known for his digitally enhanced, romantic prints and his aversion to advertising - he won’t do any. Dries grew up going to fashion shows with his father and says the Royal Antwerp Academy taught him to seek inspiration everywhere, from Francis Bacon to Coco Chanel. Today, Dries sells his collections all over the world; in addition to his boutiques in Antwerp, Paris, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, he works in partnership with some four hundred worldwide boutiques. His work is characterized by use of ethnic prints, colours, fine art, contemporary art, original fabrics and layering. For The Q&A Issue, Chloe Norgaard brought Dries’ spring/summer 13 collection to life with her rainbow beauty. A love letter from Courtney to Kurt, the collection is what Dries describes as ‘grunge couture’; a mix of oversized plaid shirts, organza skirts and checked pyjama trousers. ‘’Elegance is not only a way of dressing, it’s a way of living’’, he explains. Still living in the outskirts of Antwerp, when he’s not too busy dressing loyal followers like Cate Blanchett and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dries likes to spend his time gardening and collecting antiques to fill his 60 acre estate.


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