Walter Van Beirendonck: DREAM THE WORLD AWAKE
Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake was the first major international event to be presented at RMIT Design Hub. In the autumn of 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum presented the inaugural retrospective exhibition of the work of the Antwerp designer Walter Van Beirendonck. The compelling presentation traveled to Australia courtesy of the philanthropic leadership of Naomi Milgrom AO – an Australian business leader, philanthropist and passionate supporter of leading design, architecture, arts and scientific initiatives.
Over the last three decades, Van Beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. He can be seen as a maverick of Antwerp fashion and is primarily known for his colourful collections, spectacular Paris fashion shows in the 1990s, his innovative W.&L.T. label and the wide range of images of the body that he has brought to the catwalks. His work combined diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, fine art and pop culture to ethnographic sources.
Key supporters: RMIT University, Mode Museum Antwerp, Naomi Milgrom AO
Thanks to: Sofitel, Virgin Australia, TarraWarra Estate, Dean World Cargo, Gibson Freight
RMIT Design Hub would particularly like to thank RMIT University Vice Chancellor and President Margaret Gardner AO, Naomi Milgrom AO, Associate Professor Robyn Healy, Walter Van Beirendonck, Robert Buckingham, Dirk Van Saene, Kaat Debo, David Adams, Lois Fitz-Gerald, Philip Grant, Melissa Smith, Graeme Lewsey, Samuel Lister, Sally Jones, Sandra Robinson, Michele Copper-Hede, Jeroen Verrecht, Geert Bruloot, David Flamee, Kristin van Passel, Erwina Sleutel, Gaelle Vangilbergen and the ModeMuseum team, Roslyn Oxley, Abigail Crompton, Harold Gallasch, Todd Barlin, Ray Hughes, Bridget Macleod, Judith Ryan, Fabio Ongarato, Meg Phillips, Amelia Talbot, Harriet Edquist, Kaye Ashton, Keith Deverell, John Sainsbury, Tobias Titz, Tim McLeod, Ryan Bishop, Scott Smith, Modern Times and all the volunteers and supporters whom have made this exhibition a reality. RMIT University also thanks all the loan givers for generously loaning objects from their collections.