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New Acquisition: Walter Van Beirendonck – Staphorst

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Traditional dress from the Dutch village Staphorst inspired Walter Van Beirendonck’s spring/ summer 2017 collection. The village in the province of Overijssel is widely known for its strongly protestant and introvert community. For the production of the fabrics and some accessories such as buttons Van Beirendonck worked closely together with the local community. The so-called stipwerk, a printed decorative pattern of dots forming larger motives in repetitive rows often in white, blue en black was used for example in a look purchased  by MoMu. The fabric was made by Gerard van Oosten, a stipper who translates the traditional motive into contemporary designs. For Van Beirendonck some of the dots were replaced by the iconic Walter figurine. Apart from Van Beirendonck, other designers such as Bernhard Willhelm and Dirk Van Saene were inspired by this traditional Staphorster dress as well, especially by the decorative patterns and color choices. It might come to you as a surprise that this traditional Staphorster dress, still worn by the several community members, is also very much liable to fashion: wearing the latest fashionable stipwerk is a must!

Traditional dress from the strongly protestant and introvert Dutch village Staphorst inspired Walter Van Beirendonck’s spring/ summer 2017 collection.

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures

Walter Van Beirendonck Paris Menswear Spring Summer 2017 June 2016. Photo by Catwalkpictures