a dries van noten documentary is set for release in 2017

‘Dries’ will celebrate 25 years of the designer’s career and co-star his famously beautiful house and gardens.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
01 November 2016, 4:57pm

​Photography Martin Zähringer

"Fashion shows are really my way of communication," Dries Van Noten has said. So, perhaps unsurprisingly, it took some persuading to get the the Belgian designer to greenlight a documentary about his life and career. For the upcoming film Dries, set for release in 2017, director Reiner Holzemer trailed Van Noten for a year, between his Antwerp atelier and Ringenhof, the ridiculously magical flower-filled Neoclassical estate he calls home.

"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 toldWWD, "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."

In addition to interviews with Van Noten himself — in which the designer will reflect on 25 years of creating his belovedly romantic, transportative runway collections — the documentary will feature commentary from fashion greats including Suzy Menkes, Iris Apfel, and Pamela Golbin, the chief curator of fashion and textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

"Dries is a fascinating account of a fiercely independent designer whose use of vibrant color and texture has set him out as a fashion giant and innovator," reads a statement shared by Variety, who broke the news about the film's release.

And while we're still waiting on an exact release date, there's never been a better time to rewatch i-D's interview with Dries in the Jardins des Tuileries in Paris, below.


Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Martin Zähringer

Dries Van Noten
reiner holzemer