dirk van saen

Dirk Van Saene autumn—winter 1990—91.

He graduated from the Academy of Antwerp in 1981 and intrepidly opened his own boutique Beauties & Heroes, where he sold his own creations, until he snapped up almost all the prizes at the Golden Spindle contest. The next year, as one of the ‘Antwerp Six’, he proceeded to the British Designer Show in London, and in 1989 took part in their collective show. Later, in 1990-1991, they shared their showroom presentation in Paris. In March 1990 he organized his first show in Paris with the Dirk Van Saene collection.

As a radical aesthete, he is one of the rare designers who ‘attacks’ fashion strictly from tailoring, developing it into a profusion and rapid succession of consequences. One collection may hold a range of ideas which would suffice an entire design career — as he says himself, he gives it everything. Consequently he is sometimes called a man of more than nine lives, capricious, elusive…  

Dirk Van Saene approaches fashion ‘ad hoc’, adhering closely to its essence: couture. Moreover, he works with a drive that shrugs aside any intellectuel or ‘mythical’ approach. Should there be any imagery or dialectic in his collections, it will invariably be ironic or qualifying. At his first show in Paris for Winter 1990-1991, his staff wore T-shirt bearing his name, misspelt in different ways.

Hello! I’m Matthew Domescek, Assistant Editor at A Magazine Curated By, and this week I will curate SHOWStudio’s blog on behalf of A Magazine. A Magazine Curated By gives a designer our 200 pages to cultivate a vision of their world, inviting friends and colleagues to contribute to their issue. This, along with our digital news, aims to explore the intersections of fashion with curation, art, history, and culture at large. 

I will be sharing my favourite images from previous editions of our print magazine, special collaborations we have shared with artists, and an eclectic mix of media relevant to the magazine’s oeuvre.

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This first image is a picture I took in the apartment of our current editor-in-chief, Dan Thawley. It is an unopened copy of Issue 0, A Magazine Curated By Dirk van Saene, one of the ‘Antwerp Six’ designers, in 2001.