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The raincoat is back: Dries Van Noten upgrades rainwear with the ancient art of marbling

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The raincoat is back: Dries Van Noten upgrades rainwear with the ancient art of marbling
Age-old artistry meets slick tech in Dries Van Noten’s one-of-a-kind marbled raincoat

His hair is wet; legs tired, head is heavy. The faces on the street are grey like the skies above, and there's dirt on his sneakers, but on the surface, he looks fit and ready. Streaked and swirled — his Dries Van Noten raincoat is an artful masterpiece in motion. Lime green and aquamarine dyes mingle and meld as raindrops skip on its surface.

Forget umbrellas that bend and break, his one-of-a-kind raincoat is the first known time the age-old Turkish tradition of Ebru marbling, the art of diffusing oil-based inks on a water surface, has been used on clothing, made possible with the tutorship of a master artist and some slick modern printing technology.

Originally featured in Dries Van Noten's fall/winter 2018 runway finale, only 10 raincoats are available at 10 selected locations worldwide for a limited period, and he's wearing one of them.

Wet never looked this good.

Limited pieces of the Dries Van Noten raincoat will be available at Club21 Four Seasons starting mid-August. 

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Text: Aravin Sandran

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