Future talents | Antwerp, Miquel Boutens (boys don’t cry)

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Chers lecteurs,

one of my favorite designer this year at the graduation show of Antwerp’s Academy was Miquel Boutens with his collection inspired by Le petit prince. In the middle of the creative uproar appeared delicate silhouettes wearing light fabrics with pastel colors and gold.

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Fragile and powerful, the silhouettes have short pants with silk capes. It’s like little boys playing a game where they would be emperors. It reminds me of the young Malcom McDowell playing Caligula (see below), so innocent and so cruel.

Angel face: Malcom McDowell in Caligula (1979)

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With colors and fabrics usually shown in women collections, all the gold and embroideries « like stars falling from the sky » on a navy jacket, the imaginary boys of Miquel Boutens are very poetic. But looking at them you’ll notice that they are not « weak », metrosexual, nor caricatural. Those garments are the expression of a dream. Miquel Boutens (4th grade) won two prizes, the Flanders Fashion Institute Award and the Feeling x Essentiel prize

Future talents | Antwerp, fashion graphics

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One of the first part of the show at Antwerp’s Academy was Fashion Graphics adapted to the body. The first year students have to develop a very visual, detail and clear way of drawing. So Fashion Graphics become a mean of communication.

They mix various techniques (basic and digital), use differents materials to create contemporary images and silhouettes in their own personal style.

After all the collection have to be true to the drawings, not just a sketch, but what Yvonne Dekock, lecturer in Fashion Graphics, call a ‘visual silence’: a clear drawing with a startling element.

Below some photos of the collection made by first year students, as usual an astonishing work based on the shapes.

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