MoMu would like to pay tribute to the late Roger Dyckmans, a wonderful man and iconic Belgian fashion photographer, who passed away last weekend.
His work for Weekend Knack and WK- Mode dit is Belgisch contributed to an accessible visual language for Belgian fashion in the 1990s and 2000s. His kindness and patience made models feel especially at ease resulting in spontaneous and natural poses, like this ‘Mode dit is Belgisch’ cover from September 2000 featuring Belgian model Roos Vandekerckhove:
Another great example hidden in the MoMu library archive, which holds all the Mode dit is Belgisch magazines from 1984 up til today, is this shoot for the 3rd year collection of Kanya Miki, a very talented Japanese student who graduated from the fashion department in 2002. The shoot was done in the beautiful Carolus Boromeus church in Antwerp, a fitting décor for the baroque silhouettes of Kanya Miki.
The pictures are a great example of the magic that happens at the Antwerp fashion department, and are all shot by Roger Dyckmans:
In 2003, Dyckmans produced one of the most enduring images with a group portrait of 19 faces of Belgian fashion: the shoot was done in 3 different studios and Roger Dyckmans managed to merge them into one, as an early adopter of digital photography techniques.
This cover of Mode dit is Belgisch remains a very iconic snapshot of a moment in time when different generations of Belgian fashion designers were at the top of their game together. The playful and relaxed poses and postures can be attributed to the talented photographer who made everyone feel at ease.
Rest in peace, Mr. Dyckmans.