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The work of fash­ion de­signer Dries Van Noten is be­ing cel­e­brated with the launch of two unique books that doc­u­ment a colour­ful ca­reer span­ning 26 years. Hav­ing reached the mile­stone of 100 fash­ion col­lec­tions, the de­signer is the sub­ject of two ret­ro­spec­tive tomes by Lan­noo Pub­lish­ers, which will launch in Oc­to­ber. En­ti­tled sim­ply Dries Van Noten 1-50, and Dries Van Noten 51-100, the two books doc­u­ment a ca­reer that be­gan in 1991, and take read­ers on a vis­ual jour­ney through 2,000 unique images. De­scribed by The New York Times as “one of fash­ion’s most cere­bral de­sign­ers”, and con­sid­ered to be an icon in his home­town of An­twerp, Van Noten is known for his highly in­tel­lec­tual ap­proach to de­sign, as well as his vivid use of pat­tern and a mag­pie’s eye for mix­ing ref­er­ences. Much of the text ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pho­to­graphs is writ­ten by Su­san­nah Frankel ( An­Other Mag­a­zine) and Tim Blanks ( The Busi­ness of

Fash­ion), who pro­vide valu­able in­sight into the col­lec­tions. Cov­er­ing both menswear and wom­enswear, these books are a de­tailed look at the work of a unique tal­ent, and a must-buy for ev­ery se­ri­ous fash­ion afi­cionado.

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