melbourne: walter van beirendonck

© rmit design hub / photography: peter bennetts

the newly opened rmit design hub in melbourne - a rather magnificent structure by australian architecture practices sean godsell and peddle thorp - currently hosts walter van beirendonck - dream the world awake, its first major international showcase. dedicated to belgian fashion designer walter van beirendonck, this retrospective was premiered in 2011 at antwerp's modemuseum. van beirendonck is part of the so-called antwerp six, a group of belgian avant-garde fashion graduates from antwerp's renowned koninklijke academie voor schone kunsten which put belgian fashion on the global map in the mid-1980s.

over the past three decades, van beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. he can be seen as a maverick of antwerp fashion and is primarily known for his colourful collections, spectacular fashion shows in the 1990s, his innovative w&lt label and the wide range of images of the body that he has brought to the catwalks. his work combines diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, fine art and pop culture to ethnographic sources. on display are a series of exemplary designs from van beirendonck's body of work [on through oct 5]. location: corner victoria + swanson streets, building 100 [carlton].

© rmit design hub / photography: peter bennetts