On Sunday 15 November, MoMu invited Patrick Cox to talk at the ‘Valerie Traan Gallery’ in the heart of Antwerp. The relaxed open space of the gallery was the perfect setting for a cozy breakfast talk. Surrounded by great artworks and the colorful design furniture, our first speaker Patrick Cox was ready to immerse the audience in his life. The Canadian – British shoe designer felt at ease and told us many funny anecdotes about his career. Although budgets were very limited back in the days, fashion used to be rock ‘n roll, fashion was all about emotion, fashion was above all fun!
In his youth, Patrick was thrown into a nomadic lifestyle that formed a creative foundation for his shoe designs. It was then MTV, Boy George and the pop scene that made a big impact on his lifestyle and creative thinking process. Patrick Cox is the designer behind Vivienne Westwood’s platforms, the squared toes and he made loafers hip again with his younger line “Patrick Cox Wannabe”. Patrick Cox: “Ugliness has a beauty within and the border between trashy and classy is one I like to pursue. It makes things more interesting.”
Many thanks to Veerle Wenes for receiving us in her Gallery ‘Valerie Traan’, Illy for the coffee and Hotel Julien for accommodating Patrick Cox and his team in the most homey way.
Missed out on this breakfast talk? MoMu has got your back! On 13th December, we will welcome Pierre Hardy, infamous Parisian shoe designer for Hermès and his own brand ‘Pierre Hardy’. Tickets are still available on our website
Enjoy Patrick Cox’s shoes and many more in the “Footprint: The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion” exhibition at MoMu Antwerp until February 14, 2016!
Words by Aimélie De Belder