I Buy Belgian? Katleen Derijcke has a penchant for Belgian design. That is not illogical, since they gidsencoördinator of the MoMu, Antwerp and ambassador of the MoMu Friends.
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What did you do with Belgian fashion and/or design? Where is the love? There Is someone concrete that you this has passed?
Katleen Derijcke: My love for Belgian fashion dates back to the eighties. I vividly remember the campaign ‘Fashion, this is Belgian’. I watched every season, eagerly awaiting the magazine that belonged to it and to the designs of Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck and so on. What they did, I found then to be very intriguing. At the time, I was living still in West-Flanders and I wore fairly traditional (Belgian) fashion: Scapa, Andres, A Different Dialogue, Olivier Strelli, … .
Mode has me interested, and that interest is now my profession has become. 15 years ago I moved to Antwerp and, since I work in the fashion museum.
Mode has me interested, and that interest is now my profession has become. Fifteen years ago I moved to Antwerp and, since I work in the fashion museum. I have learned a lot, if not all, of Linda Loppa, the then director of the MoMu, and the head of the fashion school. Very gently I began to Belgian designers to wear. My first piece was a coat (second-hand) from Ann Demeulemeester. Martin Margiela followed, A. F. Vandevorst, Dries Van Noten, Tim Van Steenbergen, Christian Wijnants,… I often buy during the sales, or stockverkopen.
How to describe your clothing or interior style? For which you fall concrete in clothes or furniture? Why grab you again and again to brands of their own soil?
Katleen Derijcke: I choose very consciously for Belgian fashion, we should try prouder of what the Belgians have achieved.
My principle is ‘buy less, shop local’.
My principle is ‘buy less, shop local’. I have a very good feeling: I buy less, better, and more aware. My interior and wardrobe are in the same line: white walls, with (yes) Belgian art, especially post-war abstract art, among others, of the Zero movement. Recently, we have a new sofa bought and also this is of Belgian origin.
Why grab you again and again to brands of their own soil?
Katleen Derijcke: What I always notice is how timeless garments from local designers. I wear still that jacket from Ann Demeulemeester thirteen years ago and get there again in the future. I always choose simple pieces of clothing that you can wear and endless can combine. Something what is typical for the Belgians, I think. Through my job I stand in the middle of the Antwerp fashion scene, I know a lot of designers personally and I know that they are with a lot of passion to work. Respect!
What I always notice is how timeless garments from local designers.
Share your area that love? Shopping they are also avid Belgian or just not at all?
Katleen Derijcke: I have my environment was indeed contaminated with the Belgian virus: friends, family, buy some regular Belgian… What I really love.
Where shop you have these? Have you fixed brands where you are true to continue or follow you are also strong new brands?
Katleen Derijcke: Belgian fashion buy is very easy if you’re in Antwerp lives. I take me to this for to what more often go shopping at the younger generation such as, for example, Wim Bruynooghe.
You have a nice anecdote with a Belgian garment or designer item?
Katleen Derijcke: One of the first times that I Maison Martin Margiela wore, mother came into my room at me with a pair of scissors to the ‘white cross’ los to cut (laughs)!
If your house is on fire and you should one Belgian item to save, what would it be?
Katleen Derijcke: My favorite piece is a necklace from Maison Martin Margiela created with buckles. I have huge admiration for what Martin Margiela has done and am always looking for design when he was head of MMM.
What (iconic) Belgian piece is still missing in your wardrobe or house?
Katleen Derijcke: learning tip of MMM from 2001, made from vintage leather gloves.