UNconventional: Walter Van Beirendonck
UNconventional by FTC is a series exploring creators, designers and artists expressing unique, thought-provoking perspectives of socio-cultural and global significance through their craft. These creators stray away from the conventions and norms of everyday ideas and give them a new meaning through their otherworldly creativity.
An unforgettable name in the plethora of avant-garde creators, Belgian designer, Walter Van Beirendonck has been captivating eyes and minds since the early 80s.
A fashion graduate from Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Beirendonck is a prominent part of the famous Antwerp Six, sharing the title with esteemed designers like Martin Margiela, Marina Yee, Dries Van Noten and more.
With the vision of reinstating emotion in the fashion industry through his creative expression, year after year, the designer’s mind whips up visual marvels that are complimented with efficacious graphical representation, path breaking technicalities and time-sensitive yet influential concepts.
Beirendonck’s designs display a whimsical blend of fun and power, creating long lasting impressions. With inspirations coming from art, literature, nature and the socio-political scenario, his design sensibility involves multiple fantasized, satirical elements, reflecting the artist’s personal sense of humour.
The designer is also widely known for the use of slogans and graphical explorations, which bring across worthwhile social and political messages that stem from the belief that fashion has the power to communicate and express different views and ideologies.
Talking about some of the latest work from the designer, Walter's Winter 2020-21 is named Walter About Rights. The collection stemmed from the thought of perceiving beauty without any bounds, while giving out a few ecological messages. The collection featured a robust variety of forms and silhouettes, right from freestyle spikes to larger than life coats and brightly printed and slogan cladded ensembles.
One would be surprised at the extent of creative wholesomeness when it comes to Beirendonck’s work - right from the inspiration for a collection, to its nomenclature and the extravagant runway shows, the designer displays a colossal thought-oriented canvas.
Accepting Beirendonck as just a fashion designer is truly undermining his potential. The artist is a multitalented personality, with incredible work across a range of industries; auto mobile, art direction, product design, costume design to name a few. With multiple exceptional yet unconventional pieces, it is evident that the creator has managed to strike chords in the inquisitive minds of several people.