Silhouette from the Sado collection by Walter van Beirendonck, made for the Vestirama show, autumn 1982. The collection was very avant-garde and considered shocking by the Belgian press.
Walter van Beirendonck: I am not someone who played with dolls when I was little or who was always preoccupied with clothes. So I did not know for certain that I wanted to be a designer. I just knew that I wanted to do something in that direction. I found clothing interesting, primarily because I came across it in video clips, TV and music and because I wanted to wear them myself! The immediate motivation was an article inAvenue. That article was about the Fashion Department, the students and the teachers at the Antwerp Academy, and the shows they organized each year. When I went to see the show, I found it all sublime. That was everything I wanted to do. It was a real mix of drawing, being creative and designing, really making very concrete things. For me, that was a perfect package.