FACT FILE

 
Walter
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Walter
Walter
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 PERSONAL FACTS:

• Born: 04.02.57, Brecht, Belgium
• Studies: Fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp
• First breakthrough: British Designer Show / London in 1987 as part of ‘The Antwerp Six’
  (with Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester and  Marina Yee).
• Since 1983 collections under the label Walter Van Beirendonck

 RECENT ACTIVITIES:

• HEAD FASHION-DEPARTMENT ROYAL ACADEMY ANTWERP
• Childrens Collection ZULUPAPUWA for JBC

• Designer collection Walter Van Beirendonck
  OWLS WHISPER - Spring Summer 2018
  ZWART - Autumn/Winter 2017-2018
  WHY IS A RAVEN LIKE A WRITING-DESK?- Spring Summer 2017
  WOEST - Autumn/Winter 2016-2017
  Electric eye - Spring Summer 2016
  Explicit Beauty - Autumn/Winter 2015-2016
  WHAMBAM! - Spring/Summer 2015
  Crossed Crocodiles Growl - Autumn/Winter 2014-2015
  Home Sweet Home  -  Summer 2014
  Shut your eyes to see - Autumn/Winter 2013-2014
  Silent Secrets-  Summer 2013
  Lust Never Sleeps- Autumn/Winter 2012-2013
  Cloud #9 - Spring/Summer 2012
  Hand on Heart - Autumn/Winter 2011-2012
  Read My Skin -  Summer 2011
  Take a W-ride - Autumn/Winter  2010-2011
  Wonde® - Spring/Summer 2010
  Glow - Autumn/Winter 2009-2010
  eXplicit - Spring/Summer 2009
  SKIN KING - Autumn/Winter 2008-2009
  SEXCLOWN - Spring/Summer 2008
  STOP TERRORISING OUR WORLD – Autumn/Winter 2006-2007
  RELICS FROM THE FUTURE - Spring/Summer 2006
  WEIRD - Autumn/Winter 2005-2006
  SUPERNATURAL - Spring/Summer 2005
  CLOUDY STARS - Autumn/Winter 2004-2005
  FUTUREDAY - Spring/Summer 2004

• 1999-until 2004: æstheticterrorists® by walter
  PIXYDUST - Autumn/winter 2003-2004
  RESPECT RETHINK REACT - Spring/Summer 2003
  FLY OR VANISH -  Autumn/Winter 2002-2003
  BODY:XtensionXfashion - Spring/Summer 2002

• 1999-untill 2002: Walter Van Beirendonck
  REVOLUTION - Autumn/Winter 2001-2002
  STARSHIP EARTH - Spring/Summer 2001
  DISSECTIONS - Autumn/Winter 2000-2001
  GENDER? - Spring/Summer 2000
  NO REFERENCES - Autumn/Winter 1999-2000

• Since 1985 is Walter teaching in the fashion-department from the Royal Academy of
  Arts-Antwerp/Belgium

• In 1998 opened Walter Van Beirendonck ,'Walter' , a multilabel store,with annex the
  'window'-gallery, St.Antoniusstraat 12 - Antwerp/Belgium

• Between I993 and 1999:designer of W.&L.T./Wild and Lethal Trash
  Last collection designed by Walter was: Hi Sci Fi: Spring/Summer 1999

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Since his early collections, Walter has been inspired for his designs
by art, music and literature, all mixed with ethnic and nature influences.

Walter Van Beirendonck is considered to be one of the main trend-setters
in men’s fashion by the professional press.

His designs are very recognisable by either strong graphics
or innovating cuts and unexpected colour combinations .

The red thread throughout his collections is his sense of humour,
sex with an eye-wink and his concern about ‘safe sex'.
His continous statements about the fashion-world,earth,nature, contempora
ry life
and society are collected in prints and slogans.
Often 'double bottomed'!
Always in a complete unconventional context.
Since 1983 carries every collection a well-defined name.

 OTHER ACTIVITIES:

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Walter works besides the collections,regurarely on projects:
• Designing costumes for theater, ballet and film,curating expositions,designing objects,
  think-thank for commercial projects and products,image-making for pop-groups,
  illustrating books,designing commercial collections...
• Walter is buyer for the 'Walter'-store and co-curater for the 'Window'-gallery.
• Due to Walter's intrest in 'Cyber'-technology,W.&L.T. was the first fashionlabel,which
  launched a full-CD-rom and Website, showing besides the collections, information and  self-designed games.

 EXHIBITIONS
  Walter Van Beirendonck / Aestheticterrorists /
  W&LT by Walter Van Beirendonck  from 1986

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Momu Antwerp / Belgium
Exposition : 'Happy Birthday Dear Academy' - 2013/2014
RMIT Design Hub / Melbourne Australia
Exposition : 'Dream The World Awake' - 2013
Momu Antwerp / Belgium
Exposition : 'Dream The World Awake' - 2011/2012
Selfridges London / UK
Participation-exposition : Selfridges / Judith Clark - 2011
Galeri Peithner-Lichtenfels Vienna /Austria
Participation-exposition : Anti Depressiva - 2011
Benaki Museum Athens / Greece
Participation-exposition : ARRRHG! Monsters in Fashion - 2011
Song Song Vienna/Austria
Exposition : 'Paradise Pleasure Productions' - 2010
Zand Eindhoven / Netherlands
Participation-Exposition : 'Glass Works' - 2010
Momu Antwerp / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Stephen Jones & the Accent of Fashion' - 2010
Art Brussels
Participation-Exposition : 'Triple X  - Wonde® Gallery - 2010
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen  Rotterdam / Netherlands
Participation-Exposition : 'The art of Fashion - Installing Allusions' - 2009
Galerie Polaris Paris / France
Participation-Exposition : '2357' - 2009
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag / Netherlands
Participation-Exposition : 'De ideale man' - 2008
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Superheroes, Fashion and Fantasy' - 2008
Modemuseum Hasselt / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Ten dans gevraagd' - 2008
Nationaal glasmuseum Leerdam, in  Fort Asperen / Netherlands
Participation-Exposition : 'De ideale man' - 2008
Oude Gevangenis Hasselt / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Dichter op de huid' - 2008
Science Gallery Dublin / Ireland
Participation-Exposition : 'Technothreads, What fashion did next' - 2008
Victoria and Albert Museum London / UK
Participation-Exposition : 'Fashion V' - 2008
Benaki Museum Athens / Greece
Participation-Exposition : RRRIPP!!, paper fashion  - 2007
Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology New York / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Exotism'  - 2007
Speelgoed museum Mechelen / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : Speelgoed van... - 2007
Vlaam Parlement, de loketten Brussels / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : '6+ Antwerpse Mode - 2007
MoMu Antwerp / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'De MoMu Collectie - Selectie II' - 2006
3. Biennale Berlin Germany
Video Installation - 2004
Lille / France
Dreamcube Installation - European Cultural Capital - 2004
MoMu Antwerp / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Malign Muses, when fashion turns back' exhibition - 2004
Musée de design et d'arts appliques contemporains Lausanne / Swiss
Participation-Exposition : 'Body Extentions' - 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Skin Tight / The Sensibility of the Flesh' - 2004

Forum  - Fashion Nation Antwerp / Belgium
Exposition : Ballet costumes designed for 'Not Strictly Rubens' - 2003
Lidewij Edelkoort Fort Asperen Netherlands
Installation 'Weest steeds waakzaam' - Armour, the fortification of Man - expositions - 2003
MoMu Antwerp / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Patterns' - 2003
Musée de la Mode  Paris / France
Participation-Exposition : 'Trop' - 2003
Museum of Applied Arts Cologne / Germany
Participation-Exposition : 'Koerprnah - Koerperfern' - 2003
Selfridges London / UK
Participation : Body Vision Project, representing the  'Playful Body' - 2003
MoMu Antwerp / Belgium
Participation-Exposition : 'Backstage' - 2002
National Design Museum New York / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Skin', curated by Cooper Hewit - 2002
Victoria & Albert Museum London / UK
Participation-Exposition : 'Men in Skirts' - 2002
Bon Marché Rive Gauche Paris  - France
Participation-Exposition : 'Les collections d'art des couturiers et créateurs mode' - 2001
Kobe Fashion Museum Japan
Participation-Exposition : 'Mohr: Colour and Space part 5 Sayoko'- 2001

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Extreme beauty' - 2001

Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology New York / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Belgian Fashion Design : Antwerp Style' - 2001
Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam / Netherlands
Participation-Exposition : 'Exorcism / Aesthetic Terrorism' - 2000
CCAC San Francisco / USA
Participation-Exposition : 'Fast Forward' -  2000
Elena Levi Roma / Italy
Participation-Exposition : Curated by Haim Steinbach - 2000
Galerie Enrico Navarra Paris / France
Participation-Exposition : 'Le Corps Mutant' - 2000
Grimaldi Forum / Monaco
Participation-Exposition : 'Air Air' exhibition - 2000
New York / USA
Installation Summer 2001 'Starship Earth'- collection - 2000
Hasselt / Belgium
Installation-Exposition : 'In de Ban van de Ring' - 1999
Kuenstlerhaus Vienna Austria
Participation-Exposition : 'Fast Forward'  - 1999
Metropolitan Museum of Art Tokyo/Japan
Participation-Exposition and catalogue :
'Vision of the Body : Fashion Invisible Corset' with Video 'Fetish for Beauty' - 1999

Biennale di Firenze Italy
Installation at Stazione Leopolda (Fashion/Cinema) - 1998
Installation in context of New Universe / Personna - 1996

Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam / Netherlands
Walter Van Beirendonck/W.&L.T. exhibition in collaborationwith Marc Newson - 1998
Design Museum London / UK
Participation-Exposition : 'Welcome Little Stranger / Men in Black 'Erotic Design' - 1997

Louvre Paris/France
Participation-Exposition : Musée de la Mode - 1997

Copenhagen / Denmark
Installation - European Cultural Capital - 1996

Fashion Museum of Marseille / France
Exposition : '10 years Walter Van Beirendonck 86-96' - 1996


 CURATOR - PROJECTS

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Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam / Netherlands
Curator 'Surreal Things, Surrealism and Design' - 2007
Die Zeit  Hamburg / Germany
Art Director for a special fashion issue of 'Die Zeit'
Phaidon
Co-curator for the 'Fashion-Cream' Project (published - 2005)
Selfridges London / UK
Co-curator and designer of the windows for the Body Craze Festival - 2003
Sleazenation
Anti-War poster - 2003
Fashion show in Moscow and St. Petersburg - 2002
Mode 2001 Landed-Geland Antwerp / Belgium
Curator from 1999-2002 : Landed/Geland. Fashionproject conceived for the city of Antwerp
4 Exhibitions : '2 Women', 'Mutilate ?', 'The Radicals', 'Emotions'
A,B, C Magazine, Exhibition - Catalogues, Merchandising - Project - 1999-2001
Realisation video:
‘Revolution’ - Autumn/Winter 2001-2002
Moët & Chandon
‘L’esprit du Siècle’-award for the Six of Antwerp - 2000

Awarded title ‘Cultural Ambassador of Flanders - 1999

Nomination Fashion Awards in New York - 1998

Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam / Netherlands
Curator 'Kiss the future'. 'Shop-Installation'- Project with Marc Newson - 1998

 COOPERATIONS

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U2 / BONO
Outfits for the 'Popmart' tour
Mustang
Creatin gthe W&LT - Universum
Coca Cola
Coke - can for the 'Coke light Fashion Edition Belgium'
Eastpak
Limited Edition by Walter Van Beirendonck
Nissan
Makeover of a Nissan Micra for the Brussels Automobile Fair. 
It was sold in favour of the Aids Research department at the Antwerp Tropical Institute.
Theater Company Amsterdam
Costumes for 'The massacre at Paris' (Director : Ivo Van Hove)
Royal Ballet of Flanders
Costumes for 'Not Strictly Rubens'
Rei Kawakubo
Cooperation for Landed 2001 / '2 Women' - Art Directin 5 shows of Comme des Garçons in Antwerp

Marc Newson
Cooperation for Shopconcept W&LT presented on 13 and 14 March in Paris
'Kiss the future' Exhibition in the Boijmans-Van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam

Orlan
Cooperation for Catalogue 'Believe'
Juergen Teller
Cooperation for fashionshoots and publications
Lidewij Edelkoort
Cooperation on different levels
Tropical Institute Antwerp department Aids research
Fundraising through regular projects
Liveball Vienna
Benefit Fashion show 2000 / Vienna - Austria
Amnesty International
design of Amnesty International T-shirt on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary for fundraising
Ronald Stoops
Cooperation for photoshoots
Inge Grognard
Cooperation for Make-up - projects
Mondino
Cooperation for photoshoots and Portraits of Walter
Bloomingdales
Interactive Windows, New York Fashion Week: exclusive W.&L.T. shopwindows / New York - USA
Starlab
Consultant for intelligent clothing / I - Wear Project / Brussels - Belgium
Woolmark
Lecturer and guest of honour / Melbourne - FFashion Festival Australia
Belgian Television VTM
In cooperation with JBC, Art Director for Levenslijn - Fundraising Project 'I love Stars'
Bang & Olufsen
Lecture about colour for Bang & Olufsen, Denmark
Paul Boudens
Cooperation for Graphics, catalogues and magazines
Vivienne Westwood
Regular invitations as jury member - Hochschule der Bildenden Kuenste, Berlin
Mr. Pearl
Cooperation on the Mr. Pearl - Room - Landed/Geland 2001
Stephen Jones
Cooperation in several 'Hat - Projects'

the Avalanches- Australia
T-shirt-project - 2002

Joan Morey
Text-contribution to catalogue of Bad Boys-project/Bienale of Venice

 PUBLICATIONS

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Mutilate
Book of Walter Van Beirendoncks first ten years of fashion, launched by Imschoot Uitgevers.
Full colour reproductions and technical tour-de-force on the book manufacturer.
Complete with post-it, stickers, cut-outs and pop-ups... - 1998
Believe
Catalogue bringing together visions of Marc Newson, Orlan and Walter Van Beirendonck.
Especially realised for the exhibition : 'Kiss the future' - 1998
Kiss the future
CD-rom
Due to Walter Van Beirendoncks interest in 'Cyber' - technology, W&LT was the first fashionlabel, which
launched a full CD-rom and website, showing besides the collections, information and self-designed games
Paradise Pleasure Productions
CD-rom
Due to Walter Van Beirendoncks interest in 'Cyber' - technology, W&LT was the first fashionlabel, which
launched a full CD-rom and website, showing besides the collections, information and self-designed games
Magazines and Newspaper Publications
See www.waltervanbeirendonck.com -> publications

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