Name: Dries Van Noten
Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium
Label: Dries Van Noten
Education: Graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1980
Collection Debut: 1986, show in London
Menswear Paris Debut: 1991
"Being considered and labeled a 'Belgian' designer is an integral part of my story. It is something I wear with pride, lightly, and is in no way a burden. It is always more pleasant however when it is used to describe rather than 'box in'. Maybe we have finally got 'what we were wishing for…' Fashion is now a global phenomenon rather than simply a 'national one'. The globalization of images and aspirations has gone a long way to making this the case."
- Dries Van Noten, 2008 Interview with Filep Motwary