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DRIES - an intimate Portrait of the Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten. This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization. Reiner Holzemer follows him for one year and witnesses the creation of four collections.
I'm a sucker for fashion films, fiction or fact, from the bad, remember 'ready to wear'? to the brilliant 'Dior and me'. I've seen them all. Fashion TV and YouTube catwalk shows...I'm an addict. This is good, but not great. Dries van Noten is polite and as organised as an accountant. His house is beautiful, he loves his better half and his dog. He claims to be about 'the craft' but we never see 'les petites mains' who actually make the clothes, we see a lot of the finished garments on models (Alyssa Sutherland in a 2002 show: As an Aussie, she is a star!) We don't find out what makes Mr van Noten tick, let along create. Nevertheless, this gives you and me an insight into a quiet achiever, with none of the flash and eccentricity of Valantino or Lagerfeld, and Iris Apfel, a wonderful eccentric, gives him credit and validates that modern fashion is a conveyor belt and that designers do better as independents. But I still don't feel I learnt what fires up Dries van Noten.
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