Arguably the most famed of Belgium’s renowned group The Antwerp Six, Dries Van Noten has remained a notable figure in the fashion world over the years. With a career spanning three decades thus far, there is ample opportunity for storytelling – especially since he hit the century mark with his most recent RTW show back in March.

Soon, we will have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of Dries Van Noten’s 100 show history thanks to a new book spread across two volumes: Dries Van Noten 1-50 and Dries Van Noten 51-100. The works will bring together over 2000 images – some of which unseen by the public – and commentaries from Tim Blanks and Susannah Frankel to offer an all-encompassing insight into Van Noten’s fascinating vision.

Yet the books serve a wider purpose than first meets the eye, the Belgian designer implying that it will mark something of a turning point for him too. “I like the idea that this commemorates my past so that I may just focus on the future and further evolving as a designer from now,” he explained in a statement on his website. “I originally published a book to commemorate my 50th show and so it came naturally to also do so for the 100th. The 100th show itself was a celebration and I wanted to make it last. […] It is exciting having all the shows in this special object, being able to remember, read and understand the context and inspiration of a show through texts and pictures, not only about the show itself but also on everything surrounding it.”

‘Dries Van Noten 1-50 / 51-100’ will be available worldwide on October 1st (Lannoo). Courtesy images via wwd.com.

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