Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Walter Van Beirendonck

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
September 11, 1998–November 15, 1999

Belgian designers tend to look to the street for inspiration. Walter Van Beirendonck does his prêt-à-porter countrymen one better in combining youth style and the futurism thats become de rigueur in Japanese design. Gathered under the aegis of “Wild and Lethal Trash,” his fall/winter collection is being impresarioed by Boijmans design curator Thimo to Duits, with a catalogue including contributions from International Herald-Tribune fashion writer Suzy Menkes and artist Orlan. Along with Beirendoncks homage to adolescent knuckle-dragging couture (“Cybercombat style for space skaters”), the highlight looks to be the designers skaterati line of kids clothes for “warrior boys” and “wizzkid girls.”