DRIES (2016) [Feature]

Belgium,Germany (MIFF 2017 , Documentaries)
Director: Reiner Holzemer

An up-close-and-personal portrait of trailblazing fashion icon Dries Van Noten, one of the world's last truly independent fashion designers.

In a fashion landscape marked by consolidation and imitation, Dries van Noten has always stood apart. A designer who works to his own brief and follows his own passions, van Noten has spent 25 years one-upping the fashion establishment, turning out season after season of designs marked by their warmth, vibrant contrasts and indisputable elegance.

For one year – and four collections – the filmmaker Reiner Holzemer was granted intimate access to van Noten at both home and work. The result is Dries, a proudly personal survey of one man's artistry and the quiet dedication and craft that underpins it. From the glimmerings of a sketchbook to a final spectacular runway at the Palais Garnier in Paris, Dries is like the man himself: stylish, colourful and full of surprises.

'The word fashion I don't like. Fashion means something OK, something that's over after six months. I want to try to find a word which is more timeless.' – Dries van Noten

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