A picture may be worth a thousand words. But 2,000 pictures of 100 runways shows are worth waiting in line for. At least they were for the stylish crowd who gathered last night at our Madison Avenue store to celebrate Dries Van Noten. The iconic Belgian designer greeted guest as he signed copies of Dries Van Noten 1-100, his latest book, released this week in commemoration of his 100th fashion show and collection.
“It’s important for me that you can see my whole body of work as one big thing,” Van Noten tells us, pointing out that the book was a natural accompaniment to the book he released after his 50th show. “This isn’t chapter two.”
The designer also notes that, since he doesn’t produce campaigns or lookbooks each season, the book serves as an important archival collection of the spectacular shows he put together for each collection. “For me, fashion shows are my mode of communication. I put all my energy and my whole story together into the fashion show—the location, the lights, the models’ hair and makeup, the music. Those elements are creating a certain moment that serves as the finale of six months of creation. I want people to be able to take that moment, that atmosphere, capture it, and take it with them. It’s a creation of the story I want to tell.”
That story is also told through the book’s stunning imagery—much of it never seen before— and new texts by Dries Van Noten and internationally renowned fashion journalists Tim Blanks and Susannah Franke. Scroll on for a closer look at the evening’s event, then head to Barneys to pick up the book or one of Van Noten’s incredible designs for yourself.