Fashion Research Abroad

Paris American Academy Abroad Life via Lasell College Fashion Students

June 17, 2014

Today was our first day out and about experiencing the fashionable city of Paris. Our first visit was Les Arts Decoratifs to see the Dries Van Noten exhibit. The exhibit was not only his collection, but a work of art displaying his inspirations. Dries Van Noten was inspired by iconic designers, worldwide history, movies, nature, and traveling. The breathtaking pieces in each collection mirrored his inspirations in a way like no other, reminding you of what has been and brightening you with what is to come.

Dries Van Noten's inspirations to transformations were both displayed though out the exhibit making it more appealing to the human eye. The exhibit felt as if it was a math problem where a piece of art is added to a silhouette and then divided by a certain shape equaling to a masterpiece of Dries Van Noten himself.

There were many displays which had a design of Dries Van Noten next to a design and art in which he was inspired by like the picture below.

Jeanne Lanvin dress left, Balenciaga dress right

Dries Van Noten collection picture

Throughout the exhibit we also saw many displays which had pieces by many different designers that Dries Van Noten was inspired by. For example, the Bouquet of flowers case displayed designers of Chanel, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Maggy Rouff, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, and Patrick de Barentzen.

Our favorite collectively as a class was the display case of the artwork of Damien Hirst butterfly painting alongside the dress by Elsa Schiparelli. Next to these two inspirations of Dries Van Noten was his amazing modernized collection of butterfly beauty and cruelty designs.

His modernized designs of historical pieces flawlessly perfect the cycle of fashion and how we as fashion experts are enlightened by the past to create a succeful design concept.

The Dries Van Noten exhibit is a must see in Paris!