Dries Van Noten – His career in two books.

November 16th, 2017

Those who are fans of Dries Van Noten, know about his garden. It his refuge, his inspiration, his well and his source of sustenance.  But American author Hanya Yanagihara who recently profiled Van Noten for the New York Times ‘The Greats 2017’ issue, found that for the designer with the ‘painterly eye’ this inspiration sometimes draws on the melancholic:


“Van Noten says that he and his longtime partner in both business and life, Patrick Vangheluwe, often joke that they’ll someday write a book titled ‘The Depressed Gardener,’ about all the things that can go wrong in a garden, no matter the allowances made for changing climates, unpredictable weather, rapacious insects and on and on. You plan and plan, he says, and something always goes awry anyway. The depressed gardener knows that. He also knows, however, that it is simply what happens when you try to control what cannot be controlled — to be a depressed gardener is to live in a state of constant humility. ”

A fitting metaphor for Van Noten’s career as a fashion designer Yanagihara points out.

And although ‘The Depressed Gardener’ is the book that Van Noten would like to write, here at Poepke we are excited to announce the arrival of Van Noten’s 2017 book in two parts; a retrospective of his 100 collections.

“The books delve into the fashion designer’s work and aesthetic vocabulary, documenting and capturing the spirit of each collection with more than 2000 pictures detailing everything from the runway to the backstage, from the invitations to the scenography and uncommon choice of locations.”

Books spanning a career that might even make the Depressed Gardener smile.

Dries Van Noten 1 – 100 is available to purchase in store at Poepke now.

To view pieces from Dries Van Noten’s 100th collection, click here

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