DVF ALL ABOUT BRUGGE: Diane von Furstenberg will be back in her hometown of Brussels later this week to help BOZAR and MAD Brussels celebrate Belgian fashion. The designer will speak about her role as a woman in the business of fashion on Thursday with Anne Chapelle, chief executive officer of Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann, at Belgium’s oldest and largest arts center. Their discussion is timed to tie into Friday’s official opening of “The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story,” an exhibition that explores the work of 100 designers from pioneers to current players like Raf Simons, Martin Margiela and Walter Van Beirendonck.
One of von Furstenberg’s signature wrap dresses will be featured in the exhibition. She has created an exclusive “Splatter Paint Multi Print” version from a Seventies print that was inspired by Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. There are 200 limited-edition dresses that will be sold in von Furstenberg’s boutiques in Brussels, Anvers and Knokke starting Friday. That retail launch will coincide with her chat with Belgian designer Tim Coppens, an event meant to strengthen economic development of Brussels’ fashion and design. Their Q&A is part of the second edition of Madifesto, an initiative of MAD Brussels center of fashion and design.
Other tie-ins to “The Belgians” include Jurgen Teller’s photographs of Vivienne Westwood, the installation “Bellissima” highlighting Italian fashion from 1945-1968, and en exhibition about the architectural firm V+, which has designed MAD Brussels’ new offices.