Walter Van Beirendonck, the extravagant Belgian designer of extravagant clothing also likes to dabble in contemporary art.
His new exhibition W:A.R – Walter: About Rights at the Polaris Gallery mixes fashion, installations and a showroom, imploring us to “demand beauty, stop terrorising our planet, and save sex”.
Let’s get to it…
Walter Van Beirendonck is know for his eccentricity, to put it politely, and his second personal exhibition at the Polaris Gallery is unsurprisingly out of the ordinary.
Expect hyper-colourful giant installations, post-punk slogans and, er, hand-embroidered and pearled scarecrows.
The collection is knowingly surrealist, with just a hint of fetishism, but still addresses important issues such as the exclusion of people of colour in society, and the place of LGBTQI+ individuals.
Van Beirendonck is even part of the exhibition himself in a way – try to find his little effigy Walterman in some of the pieces!
The exhibition opening is part of a busy Parisian week for the designer, with his catwalk show happening on 15th January (invite only), and four days for his showroom at the gallery from 16th-19th January inclusive, followed by the exhibition opening party on 21st January, for which Van Beirendonck will be present from 6-9pm. Go say hi!