Belgian Spirit Fashion
Belgian Spirit is an initiative of the three Belgian Regions of Brussels, Flanders & Wallonia. It was set up in 2011. Belgian Spirit promotes Belgian architecture, design and fashion in Asia through Business of Design Week (BoDW) in Hong Kong and other events. The goal is to create and develop long‐term collaborations between Belgian designers and their Asian counterparts and clients.
As partner country of BoDW 2013 Belgian Spirit will organize a series of events and activities in December 2013.
Curator Charles Kaisin
Hong Kong Design Institute
An exhibition about Belgian fashion, a scan of today’s and tomorrow’s creative fashion talent, a collaboration between the Charles Kaisin team and the students of HKDI.
“The origin of clothing is functional. We dress ourselves to protect our bodies against the elements. Each season calls for different fabrics. From the creation of a piece of clothing, we want to differentiate ourselves by the choice of shape, the fabric, the colour and the manner in which we wear it. Fashion evolves with the seasons. Thanks to or despite of the media, we are influenced by this continuous renewal. The seasons are expanding: spring/summer and autumn/winter are now joined by resort collections, pre-collections, capsule collections, and guest collections…
For each and every one of us, fashion is a way to stand out. While previously clothing was a manner to determine social status, today the wearing of a ‘name’ has become a reference point, an expression of culture or cult.
Brand cults have created a universe in which the simple fact of buying or wearing a particular brand brings the feeling of belonging to a group. There remains one last category where clothing confirms identity to meet personal expectations: made-to-measure, the unique piece. As a child you learn the emotional value of a piece of clothing: the scarf my grandmother knitted, emotion and added value through the realization of the making process.”
DRESS CODE SHOWS WORK OF :
Calogero di Natale
Dirk Van Saene
Dries Van Noten
Filles a Papa
Jan-Jan Van Essche
Joanne Vanden Avenne
Kim Mee Hye
Kris Van Assche
Maison Martin Margiela
Marc Philippe Coudeyre
Michael Von Der Crone
Tim Van Steenbergen
Tom Van Der Borght
Walter Van Beirendonck
Lise Eerens, Mattia Van Severen, Pierre Renaux, Wim Bruynooghe
Anaïs Lalu, Doriane Van Overeem, Emmanuelle Lebas, Michèlle Bagdassarian, Pablo Henrard
Lucas Straetmans, Michael van der Crone, Klaas Rommelaere