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>> Jean cocteau once said, “Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” Do you agree? No. You have to see fashion in the current climate I agree on that, but I don’t think that it becomes “ugly” with time. It probably feels strange to see ‘70s glam rock artists today, mainly because the world and our perception is changing so quickly. In my recent exhibition called Dream The World Awake, I brought together more than 100 looks from 1983 onwards – it all fitted together and it all felt really fresh. Who is your favourite designer? Comme Des Garcon’s, Rei Kawakubo. have you been influenced by the work of leigh bowery? I liked him a lot. Seeing him in London was always a great joy and very fascinating. I do like to experiment with body shapes and that was something he did too. You’re not just a fashion designer, can you tell us a little bit about the other projects you’re involved in? Last year I was very involved with art projects. The most recent one was a collaboration with Erwin Wurm. We did a series of walking sculptures, which I showed in my last Summer Fashion Show 2012. Are you in a relationship? I met my friend, Dirk Van Saene, in 1978 at fashion school in Antwerp. He is the love of my life. We have been together ever since. being so high profile and famous, does it affect your personal life? No, I don’t believe so. However, it is a struggle every day to be an independent designer, to do what I want, without having to compromise. Working in fashion is a very demanding profession with a heavy workload and a lot of stress. But it’s a job I still enjoy a lot, even after all these years (more than 30)! You once wore a shirt that said, “sick of easy fashion”. What is easy fashion (and does that line come from Stand And Deliver by Adam And the Ants)? Right! I got it from the lyrics of Stand And Deliver. I liked it a lot, but I used it in a critical way. I was making a statement about the unstoppable, fast fashion production from the big copycat companies. >>

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“even during the darkest fashion trends I put colour in my collections and on the catwalk.”

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