A consistent favourite here at Couverture, we take a look into the man behind the brand & what makes his work so special.
A Prestigious Pedigree
With a rich history surrounding art and design, the Belgian city of Antwerp has been - and continues to be - called home by many seminal names within the sartorial pantheon, and is synonymous with the concepts of contemporary and avant-garde fashion.
Among the ranks of Martin Margiela, Kris Van Assche, and Demna Gvasalia, is Christian Wijnants: a fellow alumnus of the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, whose feminine approach to silhouette and masterful use of fluid prints receives unwavering attention.
The Brussels-born designer first found acclaim after presenting his graduate collection in 2000, receiving both the Dries Van Noten award and the Hyéres prize. In particular, attention was drawn to the designer's use of rich, layered graphics and vivid, welcoming colours. This recognition would see Wijnants go on to work under Van Noten himself as an atelier assistant before eventually launching his namesake label in 2003.
Elegant & Refined
The time spent working under Dries Van Noten seems readily apparent, with signature characteristics of his work often echoing those of the Antwerp 6-designer, only in a more elegant and refined way. This can be observed through the designers' shared penchant for colour and prints, though in combination with his approach to fabrication – especially knitwear – Wijnants manages to craft a wholly unique identity.
In statement pieces, such as the Dikra dress, bold floral prints provide a whimsical and light-hearted quality, whilst silhouettes such as the Theodor blouse, toy with proportions to evoke feelings of petiteness and daintiness in its wearer. At their core, Christian Wijnants' collections are unapologetically feminine; however, this idea of femininity is ever-evolving due to the designer's constant exploration.
Held In High Esteem
Through this willingness to lean into his more feminine and romantic tendencies, Christian Wijnants has carved his own lane within the womenswear landscape. An innovative understanding of knitwear techniques and complete fascination with colour has led the designer to be held in high esteem throughout the fashion industry, and enabled his eponymous label to consistently release impactful collections.
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