Born in Antwerp in 1958, Dries Van Noten is the third generation in a family of tailors. At the age of 18, Dries entered the fashion design course of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. On graduating, he began to freelance as a consultant designer before starting his own collection of menswear in 1986. Positive reaction was almost immediate with orders placed by prestigious customers like Barneys New York, Pauw in Amsterdam and Whistles in London. In September of the same year Dries opened a tiny eponymous boutique in Antwerp’s gallery arcade only to move in 1989 to ‘Het Modepalais’ a fivestorey former department store in the Nationalestraat which remains today. The restoration of the period building retained many of the original fixtures and fittings, including its name. Since its beginnings Dries Van Noten has presented collections for women and men for Spring/Summer and
Autumn/Winter each year. He celebrated his 50th fashion show in 2004 with a dinner for 500 guests seated at a table that later became the catwalk for the women presenting the collection. 2017 brings the 100th Dries Van Noten fashion show in March.