Back in February, I settled in for one of my favorite rituals: watching the fashion show for the latest collection from Dries Van Noten. Some people watch football or baseball or golf. This is my Super Bowl.
There it is, up top, his Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection.
I loved it as I love everything he does, no matter how unlikely it is for a person like me to wear clothes like these. He is the epitome of originality. His curiosity about color, pattern, texture, and fabric have remained steadfast over more than 100 collections, over three decades. Still, despite his long career, every collection hits upon something breathtaking, something new.
The floral prints struck me then as strange, surreal. The mashups of lurid color and delicate flowers were lovely, but strange.
A Recent Discovery
Now I know why those flower prints seemed so striking.
What I just discovered last week is that the floral fabrics are all based on photographs Dries and his team took in Antwerp last October, wandering in his gigantic, dying garden.
The New York Times Magazine was along for that expedition.
You can see what Dries was up to in a short film, here.
(I think you need to be a subscriber to The New York Times to access this. Go ahead: sign up so you can see the wonderment that happens when Dries is in his back yard.)